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PICS: Most of 100+ Dogs Seized Tues. in Laurens Have New Homes

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LAURENS COUNTY, S.C. -

Most of the 116 dogs seized from a house in Laurens County Tuesday have already been taken in.

Loaded up into out-of-town shelters’ vans or carried off in new owners’ loving arms, only about 20 of the dogs remained in Laurens County Animal Control’s pens by Wednesday afternoon.

“I just wanted to rescue or, you know, see if I could help someone -- help a little doggie," said Mary Scott, who adopted one of the dogs Wednesday.

Laurens County Humane Society has been helping animal control find new homes for the dogs, posting pictures on Facebook and connecting them with rescues and shelters.

Laurens County Animal Control has just 28 pens – a stretch on even a normal day.

“I'm just glad we were able to save them. I feel very sad for where they came from and I feel sorry for the woman who had them because I know she loved them," said Laurens County Humane Society Assistant Director Brooke Spatta.

Animal control officers took away Rachel Crowe's dogs Tuesday after complaints came in about the smell.

“I love my dogs,” said Crowe on Tuesday. “I decided although I did love them, maybe they could find homes for them. Maybe they'd be better off this way, you know, so I let them go.”

Animal control officers said the dogs were healthy and fed, so they did not ticket Crowe. Building and codes officers condemned her home.

Because they found places for most of the pets, animal control hasn't had to euthanize a single one of her dogs.

“They're at no-kill facilities, so they're in no danger,” said Spatta.

The news isn't as good for the 20 cats at Crowe's house. Laurens County Animal Control doesn't take cats.

“Homeless cats or stray cats, there's absolutely nowhere to take them. There is no adoption facility. There is no shelter," said Spatta.

The Laurens County Humane Society plans to break ground on a no-kill shelter within the next two months. It will take both dogs and cats.

Spatta said even though many of the dogs seized Tuesday are safe now that they've been taken in, there are still dozens of dogs at animal control that are still at risk.

"It's a continual problem in terms of having to avoid any sort of euthanasia," said Spatta.

If you’re interesting in adopting one of those pets, you can visit animal control at 79 Mount Vernon Church Road in Laurens.

Laurens County has no ordinance limiting the number of healthy pets you can have in your home. Neither does Anderson County or City, Greenville County or City, or Spartanburg County.

In Spartanburg city limits, you need a permit to have six or more pets over the age of 4 months.

Most of 100+ Dogs Seized Tues. in Laurens Have New Homes

Most of the 116 dogs seized from a house in Laurens County Tuesday have already been taken in.

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Jenna Troum
Jenna is a general assignment reporter covering Greenville, Pickens and Laurens Counties.
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