The animals are being held at the secret facility until the court case is settled. As soon as the breeder surrenders the pets to the Humane Society, they will be available for adoption. News 12 will keep you updated when the adoption information is released.
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News 12 at 6 o'clock / Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012
EDGEFIELD COUNTY, S.C. -- Hundreds of pets are recovering at a temporary shelter after nearly 300 animals were rescued from a home in Edgefield County.
Since the rescue on Tuesday, Kim Kelly with the Humane Society of the United States says the animals are getting some much-needed TLC.
"The vets are assessing the animals, going over them more thoroughly to address any health problems they have," she said.
All of the pets, including about 40 ducks and chickens, are in a temporary emergency shelter until the case against the owner, Callie Abel, is complete.
Edgefield County Sheriff Adel Dobey stopped by the shelter on Wednesday.
"We're still in the investigative stage, and like I said earlier, there may still be some more charges," Dobey said.
He says the owner was running an online dog breeding website, breeding and keeping about 200 dogs in deplorable conditions.
South Carolina State Sen. Jake Knotts witnessed Tuesday's raid and what he saw shook him to his core.
"The treatment of the animals that I saw out there yesterday was just deplorable," he said.
He's already put together a team to write legislation, hoping to put a stop to puppy mills in South Carolina.
"We need to have some type of inspection process in place and make sure it's on a regular basis and licensing for these type of businesses," he told News 12's Laura Warren.
South Carolina does not currently have any laws on the books regarding puppy mills, something Knotts says he hopes to change.
"We know there are several other puppy mills in South Carolina, and we definitely need stricter laws," Kelly said.
The animals are being held at the secret facility until the court case is settled against Abel. As soon as she surrenders the pets to the Humane Society, they will be available for adoption.
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