Puppy Mill Busted in South Carolina

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Johnston, SC resident Callie Abel, 54, was arrested by the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday morning after they seized nearly 300 animals.  She was taken into custody on seven counts of ill treatment of animals, with more charges likely to follow.  Sheriff Adell Dobey cited it as an ongoing investigation.

The Humane Society and Animal Rescue volunteers teamed with the Sheriff’s Office to conduct the raid on the puppy mill.  Once the scene was cleared, the Humane Society began inspecting animals and tracking which kennels they would be taken to.  Each will be given complete medical examinations to determine which of them can be saved.

Taken from the property were over 200 dogs, dozens of chickens, ducks and geese, and nine horses.

Sheriff Dobey stated that his office had received numerous complaints about Abel, who was selling dogs online, but most were about noise.  The property had been inspected in 2009, but everything was up to code.  More recently, an undercover investigation brought enough evidence for a judge to issue the warrants for a raid.  What officials found was horrendous.

Ashes and skeletal remains littered the property.  Abel claimed they were deer bones, but veterinarians ascertained they came from small animals.

Property and house conditions were deplorable.  The trash-choked house was scattered with feces.  Kennels were strewn about the yard, and many of the water containers, some of them children’s wading pools, were green and muddy.  The conditions of the dogs ranged from sickly to healthy, but dirty.  Most of the dogs appeared well-fed, but were filthy and had matted fur.

Kim Kelly, State Director for the Humane Society, USA, had been working in tandem with the Sheriff’s department to have associates purchase dogs from Abel.  Many of them were ill, suffering from skin, eye and ear infections, as well as diseases.  This information led to seven arrest warrants.

“We’re still working on the investigation and we’re going to file for more warrants,” asserted Chief Investigator Randy Doran.

Sheriff Dobey was thankful for the work done by the Humane Society, whose records will be used as evidence in the case.  “They have been a tremendous help,” he said.

State Senator Jake Knox and Edgefield County Councilman Rodney Ashcraft are both pushing for stricter laws on animal cruelty.  While Ashcraft says pet owners who choose to breed their pair of dogs are fine, those in the puppy-breeding business must be “held to a higher standard.”

Abel was released on personal recognizance bonds by Tuesday afternoon.

11 thoughts on “Puppy Mill Busted in South Carolina”

  1. Sick n disgraceful. Only one place for these people jail. However even there they get fed an watered properly. Evil evil evil !!!!!

    • Nope – only one place for these kinds of people is to be forever trapped in the same environment and treated the same as they treated their animals – live naked in excrement and among vermin, fed small amounts of spoiled fly-blown food, allowed a few tablespoons of contaminated water. Jail would be a treat for this piece of putrid filth mistakenly labeled human. IMO she should be condemned to live out the rest of her pathetic existence just like she forced her animals to live.

      • Did you read the description of the house? They were probably already living in just as rotten conditions as their animals. Maybe that’s why they didn’t see a problem with it. Then of course they’ll get angry about the government butting in to take care of things for them, but they can’t figure out how to take care of themselves.

  2. I cannot understand why you always see mixed breed dogs in the photos and yet they are selling “purebred reg. puppies” -the two don’t mix. What are they selling and what are they selling them as? Purebreds you can guess for sure.

  3. The underlying crime in this atrocity is that a local veterinarian was serving Callie Abel and KNEW about this sick situation for seven plus years!

    • I have little use for vets, frankly, after I found out that the largest veterinary professional organizations are pro-slaughter of equines. IMO most vets are only in it for the money and could give a rip about the animals as long as they get that money. If Callie Abel was making any efforts to pay her vet bills, that is likely all the vet wanted – money. Animals be damned, getting the money is the first and only order of business.

  4. “Personal recognizance bonds” means she did not pay a single penny of bail or bail-bond to get out of jail. In other words, she was “given a pass”. This person has a long history of animal neglect and abuse and once again just like in all the southern states there is only lip service given to the idea of punishment — e.g. make a “show” for the local media to pacify animal lovers, and then allow the perp to walk and then plea-bargain out of any serious charges (which under most southern states’ laws do not exist – animal cruelty is usually considered a misdemeanor). “Watch this space” and you will see this come true as it has in nearly every single animal abuse and neglect (esp. puppy mills and for equine hoarders) in the south since time immemorial. The southern states have the lowest level of anti-abuse laws in the nation because why? because most people do not care, that’s why. Indifference is rampant especially among those “in charge”.

  5. If you go to the local news stories (print and broadcast – several stations have different video clips and interviews) this scumsucking bottom feeding beyotch has a VERY long history of doing exactly this. She didn’t just have dogs, either – livestock were seized and more remains were found scattered around her property including supposedly “cremated” remains.

    Jail is too good for Callie Abel. For some reason the local authorities are “protecting” her – when she previously came to the attention of the authorities all they did was take a dog or two away and leave the rest, with a mild warning; neighbors have reported the horrible activities on that property since literally the day Callie Abel moved there and the authorities have largely turned a blind eye. The local humane organizations have made literally years-long efforts to help with little or no cooperation from local law enforcement. Finally, FINALLY she gets arrested and what happens? They let her out on “personal recognizance” which means she did not have to post bail. In short, she walked. With the bail money she saved she no doubt will hire some scumbag snot of a lawyer who will manage to get the charges dismissed or plea-bargain to the most minor of charges. In short, she will CONTINUE to walk.

    And then she will start all over again doing what she got away with for years and she will still get away with it.


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