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Greenville Co. Puppy Mill Owner Pleads Guilty

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Dale Ferguson, pled guilty to five counts of animal cruelty, three counts of non-displaying rabies tags and one count of improper disposal of a dead carcass. Dale Ferguson, pled guilty to five counts of animal cruelty, three counts of non-displaying rabies tags and one count of improper disposal of a dead carcass.
70 pets, mostly dogs have new homes after Greenville County Animal Care hosted an adoption event for the animals rescued from a puppy mill in Fountain Inn weeks ago 70 pets, mostly dogs have new homes after Greenville County Animal Care hosted an adoption event for the animals rescued from a puppy mill in Fountain Inn weeks ago
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Owner Pleads Guilty

Magistrate Court Judge Michael Stokes says the owner of the animals, Dale Ferguson, pled guilty today to five counts of animal cruelty, three counts of non-displaying rabies tags and one count of improper disposal of a dead carcass in Greenville County Magistrate's Court.

Judge Stokes ordered Ferguson to pay a $6,200 fine or go to jail for 90 days. He says Ferguson did not have the money, so he was sentenced to 90 days in jail.

Puppy Mill Dog Adoption A Success

July 7, 2013

70 pets, mostly dogs have new homes after Greenville County Animal Care hosted an adoption event for the animals rescued from a puppy mill in Fountain Inn weeks ago. All but three American Eskimo dogs moved out on Saturday, however, those dogs will be up for adoption again on Monday at noon.

"Incredible day!" said Community Relations Coordinator for Greenville County Animal Care, Susan Bufano. "The community really came out to help these animals" Bufano said in a statement to 7 On Your Side regarding Saturday's pet adoption.

If you have interest in adopting the three American Eskimo dogs or any other animal at Greenville County Animal Care, you can call 864-467-3986 for more information.

Puppy Mill Dogs Ready For Adoption
July 5, 2013

Greenville County Animal Care is offering special adoption fees for adult large dogs and adult cats that were rescued after a puppy mill was busted last month.

They say after lots of care, the animals are ready to be adopted.

The special rate will take place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Fees will be $69.

Organizers say to expect a large turnout and long lines, so they're asking everyone to be patient.

The shelter is located at 328 Furman Hall Road.

Tough Task Ahead In Treating Rescued Animals
June 21, 2013

It's a scene that will break even the toughest hearts.

Sick, injured, malnourished dogs, all rescued from a Greenville County puppy mill Thursday afternoon.

"Despite what they show us they are still in a tremendous amount of pain," Dr. Teri Worl, Greenville County Animal Care Veterinarian said.

Dr. Worl has the tough task of treating all 142 rescued dogs and puppies.

The ones that are healthy will be spayed or neutered and may be ready for adoption as early as next week.

But others require more intense treatment.

"He's really not a good candidate for adoption so we are going to try and get him out to a rescue group," Worl said.  

Greenville County Officials say the owner was hoarding animals, and selling the puppies.

The dogs had little access to food, water and medical care.

"It's very hard for us as animal lovers to put our emotions aside and to go through the daily motions of our jobs," Susan Bufano with Greenville County Animal Care said.

The owner surrendered the dogs, and now faces 5 citations for animal cruelty.  

"Right now we are in machine mode just trying to get it done. It's later when you have time to think about it when you get really angry and upset," Dr. Worl said.  

Greenville County Animal Care is now relying on your generosity and help to make room for all the homeless animals.  

"We are going to need help, financially and otherwise, space for these animals, people can foster them, adopt them," Dr. Worl said.

And give these dogs the comfort, love and care they have been deprived of for so long.  

Animal Care is need of donations, as well as people to foster and adopt animals.

If you would like to help the number is (864) 467-3950.

Greenville Co. Puppy Mill Busted, 100+ Animals Rescued
June 20, 2013

More than 100 animals were rescued from an Upstate puppy mill Thursday.

Greenville County officials say they raided the operation at 1126 Dunklin Bridge Road in Fountain Inn.

Details are limited at this time, but authorities tell us the dogs, along with other animals seized from the site, have been taken to Greenville County Animal Care.

The rescued animals include:

  • 142 dogs
  • 1 rabbit
  • 1 cat
  • 2 ducks
  • 6 quail
  • 3 chickens

The dogs are now in an isolated kennel at Greenville County Animal Care. Animal Care's Susan Bufano said some had to be taken in for vet treatment right away. Some had maggots all over them. She said its crowded at the shelter but the dogs ended the day in better conditions than they started in.

"They can at least get food and water and then we can start to assess their medical needs," Bufano said.

Signs posted on the home near Fountain Inn deem the place unsafe and list code violations.

Deputies tracked down the owner, Dale Ferguson. He faces nine citations including some for animal cruelty.

A county spokesman said Ferguson has surrendered all the animals to Greenville County.

7 On Your Side is working to get more information.  Keep checking back for the latest details.

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