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


98 Comments

  1. Lawrence Holtzman says:

    What a bunch of SICKOS. Stick them in the chicken barrels on their way to a rotten prison!!

  2. 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!!!!

  3. Karma is a bitch –

  4. Only 11 counts of cruelty per person??? Looks like 400 counts per person would be more appropriate. Do your job, Mr. Cruikshanks, and make them pay in solitary confinement for many years so they have nothing to do besides think about what they’ve done.

  5. Melinda Maddox says:

    Who’s relative is in bed with this judge?!?!?!
    This is disgraceful !!!! These poor animals 💕💕💕💕💕
    These so called people need the exact same treatment they gave these poor animals in a jail cell for a very long time.
    11 counts for 300 abused animals???
    Are you kidding me!?!?!?

  6. MICHAEL BAVARO says:

    PUT THESE MORONS IN A CAGE SOMEWHERE AND LET THEM STARVE TO DEATH AND ROT.

  7. A to the J says:

    These cock fighters are horrible people. No one should treat animals this way. Hang these suckers up and I’ll help you.

  8. Maria Bertrand says:

    Robert Milton Kellett III, Tina Messer Hurley, and Jeffery Justice Dale Williams…

    I agree Melinda…..THE LAW IS A JOKE…..DAMN IT MAKE THESE FOUR PAY…. REALLY PAY SO THAT THIS DOES NOT KEEP HAPPENING TO OTHER INNOCENT ANIMALS!!!!!!!!!!!!! MAKE THEM PAY FOR EACH AND EVERY LIFE THEY TORTURED AND CONDEMNED TO PAIN AND ANGUISH!!!!!!!!!! THAT IS HOW THE LAW SHOULD WORK ….NOT YOUR WORTHLESS 11 COUNTS!!!!!

    I PRAY THESE 4 SOULLESS HUMANS GET WHAT THEY DESERVE AND ROT AWAY WITH NO ONE GIVING A TINY RAT ASS SHIT. YOUR TURN WILL COME BITCHES….!!!!

  9. Prosecute the POS’s !!!

  10. I HATE some humans! They deserve not to be alive.

  11. Thank Heaven for Good People who FEEL as I do!! These Vile Monsters who abuse animals, need the kind of Equal Justice that is fitting!!! Yes, these degenerates deserve “REAL JUSTICE Punishment”!!!(The kind not yet allowed by Law sadly.) This would severely make them all think twice before they attempted this.

  12. All involved in this horror need to be securely caged and starved to death. It is well past time to severely punish all abuse/death of totally innocent animals. A huge fine and owning or even being around animals must be forbidden and strictly enforced. IMO

  13. Nadine Dileo says:

    Please punish these people to the fullest extent of the law.

  14. Do society and animals a favor, euthanize these low life monsters. JUSTICE

  15. This is Trump country. Did you ever wonder what conservatives are trying to conserve? Well it’s among other things, the right to do with animals whatever they please.

  16. Jaime Perez says:

    These disgusting monsters need to have the same treatment heaped on them! There is no excuse for this blatant inhumane cruelty to innocent animals. Make them pay huge fines for the care and rehabilitation of these animals, then throw them in jail and throw away the key!!

  17. These poor animals!! The dirty rotten low-life heartless evil psychopath heartless MONSTERS need to be punished SEVERELY for the pain, suffering and TRAUMA they caused these poor helpless animals. This is disgusting and sickening and disgraceful. These cold-blooded “inhumane” people are a disgrace to the human race. They let all of these animals SUFFER – FEEL TRAUMA AND TORMENT, AND THIS IS INEXCUSABLE AND UNACCEPTABLE.

  18. Julia Edinger says:

    😡😡😡😡PURE EVIL BEINGS DESERVE THE DEATH PENALTY ,,,, IMMEDIATELY ‼️ THESE DANGEROUS CRIMINALS ARE “SADISTIC” ……..

  19. Nadine brundige says:

    These three pieces of shit need jail time, seize all property, cars and bank accounts. They need to pay for all medical and boarding these innocent animals incur. Do not let the sick trash off without severe consequences.

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