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. Immer wieder liest man diese Grausamkeiten und man ist hilflos und kann den armen Tieren nicht helfen und sie vor solchen Monstern schützen,diese Monster haben die Todesstrafe verdient, jede andere Strafe ist zu wenig! Vielleicht würden solche Grausamkeiten dann weniger wenn es für Tiermörder und Tierquäler die Todesstrafe gebe.Wie schon jemand hier schrieb, Auge um Auge!

  2. this is what should happen to cowards that mistreat, neglect or abuse animals.

  3. Anne-Mari Gavin says:

    Feed these evil savages who starved these innocent animals to the lions, crocs or sharks. Only way we will ever stop these babaric savages hurting the innocent!!!

  4. LOCK UP THESE 3 MONSTERS WHO NEGLECTED IN SUCH A BAD WAY THEIR ANIMALS AND PUT THEM IN A DARK JAIL WITH NO FOOD OR DRINKS AT ALL. LEAVE THEM TILL THEY ARE IN THE SAME CODITION AS THE ANIMALS AND LET THEM ROTTEN AN DIE THERE. NO MERCY RITA FROM ELGIUMEUROPE.

  5. Muriel Servaege says:

    Some people are just evil. Their cruelty is simply unbelievable.

  6. Our justice system really needs to start taking animal abuse seriously! Starve these lowlife dredges of society… We don’t need them around!

  7. Please lock up scumbags Robert Milton Kellett III, Tina Messer Hurley, and Jeffery Justice Dale Williams and never allow these POSs around animals again!!

  8. VILE, EVIL, WICKED MORONS. PUNISH THEM HARD, THEY MUST NEVER, EVER BE ALLOWED TO GO NEAR, LET ALONE OWN ANY ANIMAL EVER. THEY MUST BE WATCHED AT ALL TIMES. CRUEL, WICKED, DISGUSTING SO CALLED `HUMANS`. YOUR KARMA IS BAD NOW, VERY BAD….IT WILL ALWAYS, ALWAYS FIND YOU.

  9. Lock up those sob.unreal nothing can b done

  10. What is wrong with your state that no one noticed all this going on? South Carolina you too are to blame that these poor animals had to suffer to this degree. Get off your asses and get some decent animal cruelty laws in place so this never happens again.

  11. Sandy Cruickshanks, County Attorney of Laurens County, SC
    The vile and evil lowlife psychopathic animal torturing murdering
    monsters Robert Milton Kellett III, Tina Messer Hurley, and Jeffery Justice Dale Williams who deliberately tortured,murdered,neglected and exploited hundreds of animals to the fullest extent must be brought to Justice and jailed for life.
    They deserve the death penalty. Let all the animal lovers get to these lowlife monsters from hell and we will finish them off for good. Eradication from the plant is a must. Burn in hell you lowlife filth on our planet.

  12. ALL OF YOU OUT THERE – all I hear is your anger. Yes, these 3 should pay dearly for their cruelty.
    BUT, what are YOU going to do so this does not happen again?
    I am so tired of hearing “isn’t this or that awful?
    Gandhi -“BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD”.
    Your anger is going to wear you out.
    Lynchings make you almost as bad as them! Get your damned laws changed and watch your neighbors who seem to have too many animals. Get a “pet food bank” in place so if a person can’t afford food they have a place that can help.

  13. COMMENTS? IDEAS?

    Yes, I know I sound like a pompus old
    bag. But get together with others who
    care. Talk to your town council, your animal control authority. Write letters to your news papers, your state Senators & Rep.s Your action to do something positive while really providing protection for animals will
    lift you out of the hate & anger hole
    that you are in to the “take action” place.

  14. Elease M. Bradford says:

    Kellett, Hurley and Williams’ behavior was unacceptable. The cruelty and neglect they subjected these innocent animals to was despicable. They need to be severely punished. RIP to the animals that perished and I hope those who are still living get well. In the end, I hope they all get justice.

  15. Nena Miller says:

    When these sociopaths get a slap on the wrist it makes me wonder who they are related to in the legal system. The judges don’t seem to care. They need to serve REAL justice time these creeps. They will be back at it right away. That land should be confiscated and the structures torn down.

  16. All animal abusers globally must be put to death.

  17. CRIMES against ANIMALS MUST be taken SERIOUSLY — do NOT let the MONSTERS get away with their immoral depravity – We must ensure they stay away from Animals in every way — the unconscionable, sadistic, vile indifference & abuse inflicted on innocent & vulnerable Animals is telling of depraved, insane & hateful, cruel Humans — PUNISHMENTS & PENALTIES MUST BE SEVERE — get some STIFF LAWS on the books & ENFORCE them — at least 20 yrs in prison / to NEVER be —even— NEAR animals again / $100K penalty — this HATEFUL Group of IDIOTS will repeat their ABUSE & MURDERS of Animals unless we STOP them NOW — We NEVER want repeats of these crimes — EVER.

  18. Stephanie Geyser says:

    These pieces of garbage were probably feeding their fat cake-holes, while their animals starved.

  19. Find who did this and hang them!!!!!

  20. Every animal must be relocated and receive medical help. For all those involved in this filthy horror – they should be forced to live in it, as is, for the rest of their lives….OH and starve them too….IMO

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