2 arrested after Fountain Inn dog seizures

Chicuan Amaker, left, and Jerry Westmoreland

Laurens County Animal Control seized 32 dogs from a Fountain Inn residence, and two men were arrested for ill treatment of animals Tuesday by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office.

LCAC Supervisor Geoff Brown said all but one of the dogs were pit bulls and part of an alleged dogfighting operation.

A release from the LCSO said, “the majority of (the dogs) were chained up and appeared to be malnourished and in poor health.”

Jerry Westmoreland and Chicuan Amaker, both of the residence on Bryson Road in Fountain Inn, were arrested and booked into the Johnson Detention Center.

LCAC has now seized more than 170 dogs in the past week. An alleged puppy mill in rural Ware Shoals was shut down this past week and 145 dogs and more than 130 other animals were seized and taken in by several different rescue organizations.

“I spoke about the mistreatment of animals just last week, and it is unfortunate that we are dealing with yet another case this week,” said Laurens County Sheriff Don Reynolds. “For someone to treat an animal this way is absolutely despicable, and the motivation is truly greed. Laurens Animal Control has proven to be a valuable resource in these situations, and we are grateful for their hard work and dedication to the animals.”

2 Comments

  1. Rose jordan on January 23, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    I hope these two sub-humans get what they deserve in life and a very long time in jail and never be able to own a pet again.

  2. Betty Derrick on January 23, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    It is past time for the state legislature to pass TRUE laws with teeth against animal cruelty and animal fighting, for authorities to investigate and charge those who commit these offenses and lastly, for judges to sentence those guilty to the maximum extent allowed by law. For too many years, sentencing has been a mere slap on the wrist and the evildoers are back on the streets doing the same thing. Laurens Co authorities seem committed to breaking up these puppy mills and dog fighting rings, which is a step in the right direction. However, laws to to be a true deterrent, there must be significant sentencing. Society should not tolerate animal abuse or neglect.

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