400+ Animals Reportedly Found Starved and Rotting Deserve Justice

Target: Sandy Cruickshanks, County Attorney of Laurens County, SC

Goal: Punish suspects who allegedly neglected or exploited hundreds of animals to the fullest extent.

The reported largest animal cruelty case in South Carolina’s history resulted in the rescue of 400-plus animals. A large range of animals were included in the seizure, including horses, hogs, hens, roosters, rabbits, and dogs. The rescued allegedly suffered from severe emaciation, disease, and rotting gums and teeth. To compound the seeming crisis, a large barrel was reportedly discovered filled with dead and decaying chickens.  These animals may have been victims of a suspected cockfighting operation.

At least three individuals were charged in association with the alleged crimes: Robert Milton Kellett III, Tina Messer Hurley, and Jeffery Justice Dale Williams. Despite the ample evidence of apparent cruelty on a wide scale, these suspects only faced 11 counts each of cruelty-related offenses. Nine of the charges involved seeming torture, while one pertained to overworking animals and the other count targeted the alleged cockfighting.

These suspects, and anyone else associated, need to be held fully accountable. Sign the petition below to demand punishment to the fullest extent if they are found guilty.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Cruickshanks,

The case involving Robert Milton Kellett III, Tina Messer Hurley, and Jeffery Justice Dale Williams has been billed as the largest animal cruelty investigation in South Carolina’s history. Nearly 500 living beings reportedly almost died at the hands of these suspects. Many more dead animals were discovered on the property, possibly victims of an alleged cockfighting ring. These innocents seemingly suffered horrendously.

The suspects may be facing unrelated charges, but please put the full and appropriate weight on the alleged animal cruelty-related offenses. This state needs to send a message that it values all life, and every life must be safeguarded. No plea deals: prosecute with vigilance and seek the maximum possible penalty in the event of a conviction.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Laurens County Sheriff's Office

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98 Comments

  1. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    IMMEDIATELY SEIZE ALL ANIMALS on this property and bring them to a veterinarian who can treat them! MAKE THESE MEN PAY ALL VET BILLS to restore the surviving animals to full health. PROSECUTE to the fullest extent of the law for multiple counts of egregious animal abuse and cruelty! BAN them from ever purchasing, owning, caring for, being near or working with ANY animals ever again.

    • Naila Johnston says:

      AMEN!!
      I COULD KILL THEM MYSELF IF I EVER SAW THIS HAPPENING!!
      WHERE IS THE LAW??
      WHERE IS JUSTICE??
      DAMN EVERYONE INVOLVED TO SUFFERING AND TORTUROUS DEATHS!! MURDER IS MURDER….BE IT HUMAN OR ANIMAL!! THEY MUST PAY THE PRICE!!

    • WHEN IS THIS COUNTRY GOING TO ADOPT STRICTER PUNISHMENT FOR THESE ROTTEN HORRIBLE INDIVIDUALS? ANIMAL ABUSE IS BECOMING SO OVERWHELMING AND SICKENING. THESE JUDGES NEED TO TAKE EVERYTHING FROM THESE ABUSERS TO COVER ALL THE EXPENSES AND THEN SOME.

    • Absolutely my thoughts too. The system is broken! Zero tolerance for animal cruelty should be enforced in every state otherwise it’s not taken seriously. It’s heartbreaking.

      • Agree, no one should get away with animal abuse! They are innocent and rely on humans to take care of them, they can’t do it themselves! Therefore whoever takes responsibility for them should have to suffer the consequences of not caring for them ! Eye for an eye would be justice for them!!!!

  2. Patricia Lamonica says:

    EXACUTE ALL AND ANY INVOLVED IN THIS HORRENDOUS ANIMAL ABUSE AND TORTURE!!!!!

  3. Patrica Birtles says:

    Let them rot in jail

  4. These poor beautiful creatures… They deserve life 100,000,000 more than the bottomfeeding scum who did this utterly grotesque.

  5. patricia schwartzman says:

    Robert Milton Kellett III, Tina Messer Hurley, and Jeffery Justice Dale Williams has been billed as the largest animal cruelty investigation in South Carolina’s history.

    – THOSE BASTARDS SHOULD BE SHOT ON THE SPOT!

  6. Lyla DeVita says:

    Had this happened in CA the level of justice delivered, while far from equating the level of gut-wrenching pain suffered here, would’ve spelled FELONIY. South Carolina should be boycotted for absolving themselves of this HORROR. I’m sick.

  7. jackie Pflucker says:

    WHAT ABOUT EXPROPRIATING THE PROPERTY AND TURNING IT INTO AN ANIMAL RESCUE CENTER?
    Robert Milton Kellett III, Tina Messer Hurley, and Jeffery Justice Dale Williams should all be thrown in jail for the longest possible time.

  8. No one who claims to have a soul can look away from this suffering!!!! We must DEMAND our officials do their job and prosecute this monsters!!!!

  9. Gabriela Torres says:

    Dear Mr. Cruickshanks,
    Please don’t let those good for nothing human beings (if we can call thmn that) – get away with murder; they deserve to be locked up and be deprived of seeing the sunlight again!
    Thank you!

  10. Martin Luther King: NVER, EVER FAIL TO DO THE RIGHT THING, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE WELLBEING OF A PERSON OR AN ANIMAL IS AT STAKE. . . “

  11. tHE IDEA THAT SOME LIVES ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN OTHERS IS THE BASIS OF ALL EVIL!!

  12. Take all the money from these people that should have been used on the animals and make them pay now. Then throw them in a pit with a Grizzly. That will take care of the fighting ring and bring justice to all the others who suffered at their hands

  13. I dont get it, how can someone be so cruel…that breaks my heart…i cant imagine how bad their poor bellies hurt from starving..this just makes me cry.. Put these scumbags in a torture chamber..

  14. Seek the max. These damn sociopaths deserve the same but you know how that would go. Some dope smoking grifter chump ACLU lawyer would whine about it.

  15. Execute everyone involved in this heinous crime!

  16. This is the South. What more could you expect.

    This is the same mentality where in N carolina they throw or threw dogs cats n rabbits in gas chambers box, let them thrash and tortured them 20 mins till no more sounds.

    This would never happen in NY.

  17. To read this is to be over come with grief. Why so much suffering? These people can probably pay their way to freedom again and go out to do the same harm once more. Punishment needs to mean something. Prison is punishment. Huge fines would be punishment. Paying for the medical care of any animal still living is a must do! If they are short on money take it from their homes and families. This is the most hurtful of all. Laws need to be more punishing. Lawyers and judges need a higher ethical standard. What if these animals had been children? They are both equally unable to protect themselves from the lowest form of humanity as seen in this group of criminals. Let them pay with time taken from their own lives for the lives they took so mercilessly.

  18. CHANGE THE LAWS!!! BECAUSE YOU CAN NOT CHANGE HUMANS !!!

  19. Raymond Stevens says:

    These assholes should be shot or stuck in a dungeon and starved to death.

  20. I hope someone finds Robert Milton Kellett III, Tina Messer Hurley, and Jeffery Justice Dale Williams and does to them wht they truly deserve, because obviously the law system is weak and pathetic towards animal abuse!!
    Robert Milton Kellett III, Tina Messer Hurley, and Jeffery Justice Dale Williams have No Reason To Be Alive, They should be eliminated from our society completely!

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