Woman agrees to turn over 109 dogs found at home to Darlington County


Paula Springs has agreed to relinquish possession of 109 dogs found at her home Wednesday night on Rhodes Road in Darlington to the Darlington County Sheriff's Office during a hearing Friday afternoon before Darlington County Darlington County Magistrate Deatrice Curtis.

Deputies and animal rescue groups are in the process of removing the animals.

Springs hasn't been charged with any crimes.

The investigation is ongoing.

Deputies found the dogs at the home after a call from a concerned neighbor, according to a Darlington County Sheriff's Office report.

Deputies and animal control officers were called to the home on Rhodes Community Road in Darlington Wednesday evening, according to Lt. Robby Kilgo with the Darlington County Sheriff's Office.

Kilgo said they were called there after getting a tip from the community and he said it was confirmed to be a puppy mill after an investigation.

According to a police report, officers were called to the home about possible animal neglect and cruelty.

When officers arrived they talked to a woman who was in the driveway. She said it was her mother's home and she was there to take care of the dogs while her mother got medical treatment. She said her mother had been in a medical facility for a couple of weeks and she's been caring for the animals during that time.

The woman agreed to let officers walk through the home and they saw dozens of dogs in a carport area and some of the areas were "covered top to bottom in tarps, causing the animals to be exposed to high heat," the report stated.

Deputies and officials with Valiant Animal Rescue were on the scene for hours.

"There were 109 total dogs on the property," the report stated.

Two of the dogs were removed from the home and taken to a local vet because they required immediate medical care.

The report does not mention charges or any arrests. It is still listed as an "active" investigation, according to the report.

Animal Cruelty Consultant and forensic specialist Michelle Reid with Valiant Rescue is helping with animals.

We're still waiting to learn where the dogs will be housed and if they'll be allowed to be adopted out.

For now, the dogs have been taken to an undisclosed location.

Michelle Reid, an animal cruelty consultant and animal forensics expert with Valiant Animal Rescue is asking for the publics help for the supplies needed to take care of dogs:

  • Trash bags
  • Paper towels
  • Three heavy duty 50ft water hoses
  • Scrub brushes
  • Several Folding tables
  • Puppy pads
  • Newspaper
  • Lowes cards
  • Walmart cards
  • Tractor Supply
  • Clorox wipes
  • BIG Fans
  • Extension cords
  • Bungee cords
  • Turkey baby food (Gerber jars)
  • Crates
  • Xpens
  • Five-gallon buckets

You can drop off supplies for the dogs at the Darlington County Animal Shelter Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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