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Officials Say Volunteers Help Make Recent Dog Rescues Possible

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Volunteers from Anderson County PAWS tell 7 On Your Side, 153 dogs have been rescued from a home in Anderson County. The dogs were found Friday at, what officials are calling a puppy mill in Anderson County after an animal was diagnosed with canine parvovirus.

That dog, which was sold at the Anderson Jockey Lot last week, had to be euthanized after becoming sick

Volunteers said this weekend, all the dogs are doing well and the community support has been tremendous.  It allowed the dogs to be rescued faster than anticipated volunteers said.

“it was hot, sweaty and nasty but what our concern was to take those puppies and bring them to where someone could love them,” said Miriam Bratcher, an Anderson County Paws Volunteer.

Volunteers said the grooming process began for many of the dogs on Sunday. Volunteers also tried to separate the sick dogs.

“ These animals are here and they need someone to love on them. That’s what we were trying to do is save their lives. The one puppy that died may have saved the lives of the other animals and we wanted to make sure the puppy didn't die in vain,” said Bratcher.

Weeks earlier, workers in Greenville County also needed help rescuing hundreds of puppies from owners who left them in disgusting conditions.

Two properties, one in Fountain Inn and one in Travelers Rest, had more than 150 animals each living in filth officials said and they were being sold to unsuspecting owners.

Local rescues like Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue stepped up to take pressure off shelters who already had hundreds of animals there.

Sonya Hutson from that rescue said they have people who will crate train, potty train, spay/neuter and nurse the animals back to health to help out. Many rescues help find new homes for the animals as well.

They can communicate with rescues across the nation and determine how many they can take, which ones need specific medical care and then transport them to different states where they’re needed.

“We hope when we can take a dog from a puppy mill or any dog that it will free up space to save another life,” said Hutson.

No matter how tough the job, officials said this weekend,  rescuing hundreds of dogs in just a few weeks  wouldn’t happen with out loving volunteers.

“ There is a time and a place for everything and for us yesterday it was our time to spend with them,” said Bratcher.

With hundreds of dogs needing care in the Upstate Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue, Anderson County PAWS and shelters all over the upstate are wiped out.

Think you can help? Shelters are looking for blankets, water bowls, toys, tennis balls, dog food and anything you can donate. They also ask for your time to walk and help work with some of the dogs. Any monetary donations would also be much appreciated.

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