SC officials find 200-plus dogs at suspected mill

STARR, S.C. (AP) — Authorities in Anderson County have found as many as 200 dogs living behind rusted fences with algae-laden drinking water at what’s suspected to be a puppy mill.

Investigators have not disclosed the name of the person who owns the property and the dogs, but they say he volunteered to turn over the animals to the county Friday evening.

Maj. Garry Bryant of the Anderson County Detention Center said investigators were told about the suspected breeder by a person who recently bought a dog at a local flea market. Bryant said the dog was found to have parvovirus and was euthanized.

Officers are trying to prepare a makeshift shelter out of concern that the dogs may have diseases that would be contagious to other animals. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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