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Donations needed to help dogs rescued in Donalds, SC hoarding case

This is a plea for help to benefit the 49 dogs removed from an Abbeville County, South Carolina home July 29. Here is the continuing story of neglect and abuse. An Examiner article covered the initial rescue in late July.

Property dogs were seized from
Upstate Animal Rescue Foundation of SC
Beautiful neglected dog pleads for help
Upstate Animal Rescue Foundation of SC

Abbeville County Sheriff's Office deputies were investigating a dog at large call Tuesday, July 29 after a concerned party alerted them to a large number of dogs in poor physical condition and living in poor conditions.

Benjamin Earl Vaughn arrived at his home on Williamston Hill Road in Donalds, where he eventually admitted the dogs were his.

Captain Natalie Talbert of the Abbeville County Sheriff's Office said 49 dogs of different sizes and breeds were removed from the home after investigators obtained a warrant to search the property. The dogs were found with no food, and there was no running water or electricity to the home.

Upstate Animal Rescue Foundation of South Carolina is lead agency in caring for the dogs, along with help from Greenwood County. Right now they need your help in providing for these victims of horrific neglect.

To understand how serious this situation is, please watch the video of the dogs as they were rescued. The slideshow shows the living conditions these dogs were found in. It's very upsetting to watch and realize these dogs aren't just rescues, they're survivors.

Their most urgent needs at this time are dry dog food, canned dog food, monetary donations for dog houses, kennels. Paypal to uarsc@yahoo.com or mail to UARFSC, PO Box 195, Townville, SC 29689.

UARFSC has the first 15 dogs leaving the vet this week, and have huge needs to cover the cost of saving these precious animals. Many of these dogs are heartworm positive, and will need treatment, once their emaciated bodies can handle it.

Medical donations may be called into (864)244 1660 for our medical fund for hoarder dogs. Southern States can take secure phone donations for supplies at (864)226 3416.

Foster homes are also being sought, where these dogs can be given what's likely the first love and care they've ever known. UARFSC is keeping the public up to date on their Facebook page, so please check it often if you're in a position to help. This includes transport to get the dogs to a temporary home.

Any questions you may have, or if you can volunteer, please leave a message on the UARFSC Facebook page.