Dale Ferguson, the Fountain Inn resident convicted of five counts of animal abuse in July after a June puppy mill raid, is back in business. Gordon Dill with WSPA News reported on this October 17 after dozens of calls were made to news media announcing Ferguson now has puppies for sale at his residence.
This Examiner article published yesterday gives more details as to what's taking place.
For those of you unfamiliar with this case, Greenville animal control officers seized 150 dogs from Ferguson's Dunklin Bridge Road property on June 20. The dogs were found living in filth, neglected and dying.
A few of the dogs didn't survive after they were rescued, despite thousands of dollars put out by the local rescues who assisted Greenville County Animal Care Services in caring for the dogs.
A video, which can't be embedded, can be seen on the WSPA website. It tells of how Ferguson was charged with five counts of animal cruelty, yet it's perfectly legal for Ferguson to reopen for business.
In an interview with Gordon Dill, Ferguson stated
"I could put a dog on the property the next day after I got out."
There's nothing in South Carolina law that states a person convicted of animal cruelty can't own animals, or even open a puppy mill, the day they get out of jail.
Animal control visited the property in September and found nothing wrong. The dogs were being cared for, with food and water available. Their cages were clean, the dogs were healthy and displaying their rabies tags. They will continue with periodic inspections to be sure history doesn't repeat itself.
The dogs can be seen from the road, and Ferguson isn't trying to hide the fact he's selling dogs again.
Ferguson told WSPA that he's an American and he's going to run a business because as an American it's his right, provided the dogs are cared for. As long as animal control doesn't find a problem with the dogs, his business will be allowed to continue.
Anderson County jockey lot, where a lot of the dogs are sold, is making plans to create strict rules concerning animal sales on their property. The plan would require breeders who sell there to get a license. If convicted of animal cruelty, that person wouldn't be allowed to sell at the jockey lot for five years.
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