More than 400 animals taken from Laurens County home where cockfighting is suspected, deputies say

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DESTINY: FIVE PEOPLE FACE CHARGES AFTER MORE THAN A HUNDRED ANIMALS WERE FOU INDN A HOME IN LAWRENCE COUNTY. SOME OF THESE IMAGES MAY BE HARD FOR YOU TO SEE. DEPUTY SAID THEY FOUND MALNOURISHED HORS,SE HOGS WITH TIED TO THE GROUND ON LEASHES. WATER AND A LARGE BARREL OF […]

DESTINY: FIVE PEOPLE FACE CHARGES AFTER MORE THAN A HUNDRED ANIMALS WERE FOU INDN A HOME IN LAWRENCE COUNTY. SOME OF THESE IMAGES MAY BE HARD FOR YOU TO SEE. DEPUTY SAID THEY FOUND MALNOURISHED HORS,SE HOGS WITH TIED TO THE GROUND ON LEASHES. WATER AND A LARGE BARREL OF DEAD CHICKENS. INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY BELIEVE PEOPLE THERE WERE HOLDING FIGHTS. ALL THIS AT A HEOM. DEPUTY CELL IS THREE PEOPLE WHO LIVE THERE FACE ILL TREATMENTF O ANIMALS CHARGES AND TWO

More than 400 animals taken from Laurens County home where cockfighting is suspected, deputies say

5 people charged in animal abuse and drug investigation

More than 400 animals were confiscated from an Upstate home where deputies suspect a cockfighting operation was being conducted, according to the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office.Members of the Laurens County Animal Control went to a home about 2 p.m. July 2 to check the conditions of horses. Animal control deputies said they found the following: Multiple malnourished horses without access to water or food. Many had severely overgrown hooves and their teeth were in poor condition.Hogs on the property were underweight with no water or food present. Rabbits, hen and dogs with no access to water. Many roosters were tethered to the ground by leashes with no access to water. A large barrel containing multiple deceased chickens, as well as dead chickens allowed to decay on top of a cage. In total, more than 400 animals were found on this property, including 12 horses, 30 dogs, approximately 356 chickens, four hogs, three piglets and eight rabbits, authorities said. They said many items located on the property led investigators to believe there was a cockfighting operation being conducted.Robert Milton Kellett III and Tina Messer Hurley, both of the home, were arrested without incident and charged with the following:Possession of a stolen vehicle (Vehicle stolen out of Simpsonville located on the scene)Receiving stolen goods (License plate stolen out of Spartanburg located on the scene)Trafficking in meth 19 counts of ill treatment of animals, torture 1 count of iIll treatment of animals, overworking Deputies said Kellett is also being charged with criminal conspiracy for his involvement in the cockfighting.Jeffery Justice Dale Williams, of the home, is currently in the custody of Spartanburg County and will be charged with:19 counts of ill treatment of animals, torture1 county of ill treatment of animals, overworkingCriminal conspiracyHeidi Tenille Mathes and Jacky Dean Yopp Jr. of Enoree were arrested and both charged with the distribution of meth.

More than 400 animals were confiscated from an Upstate home where deputies suspect a cockfighting operation was being conducted, according to the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office.

Members of the Laurens County Animal Control went to a home about 2 p.m. July 2 to check the conditions of horses.

Animal control deputies said they found the following:

  • Multiple malnourished horses without access to water or food. Many had severely overgrown hooves and their teeth were in poor condition.
  • Hogs on the property were underweight with no water or food present.
  • Rabbits, hen and dogs with no access to water.
  • Many roosters were tethered to the ground by leashes with no access to water.
  • A large barrel containing multiple deceased chickens, as well as dead chickens allowed to decay on top of a cage.

In total, more than 400 animals were found on this property, including 12 horses, 30 dogs, approximately 356 chickens, four hogs, three piglets and eight rabbits, authorities said.

They said many items located on the property led investigators to believe there was a cockfighting operation being conducted.

animal abuse and drug investigation in laurens county

Laurens County Sheriff’s Office

Animal abuse and drug investigation in Laurens County 

Robert Milton Kellett III and Tina Messer Hurley, both of the home, were arrested without incident and charged with the following:

  • Possession of a stolen vehicle (Vehicle stolen out of Simpsonville located on the scene)
  • Receiving stolen goods (License plate stolen out of Spartanburg located on the scene)
  • Trafficking in meth
  • 19 counts of ill treatment of animals, torture
  • 1 count of iIll treatment of animals, overworking

Deputies said Kellett is also being charged with criminal conspiracy for his involvement in the cockfighting.

Jeffery Justice Dale Williams, of the home, is currently in the custody of Spartanburg County and will be charged with:

  • 19 counts of ill treatment of animals, torture
  • 1 county of ill treatment of animals, overworking
  • Criminal conspiracy

Heidi Tenille Mathes and Jacky Dean Yopp Jr. of Enoree were arrested and both charged with the distribution of meth.

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