Arrests from Alleged “Puppy Mill”

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man and woman regarding a “Puppy Mill” was reportedly found in Western Laurens County. A person who had reportedly purchased a dog from the location indicated that the dog was in poor health. Laurens County Animal Control went to an Indian Mound Road location in the Ware Shoals area Tuesday to investigate and called Sheriff’s Deputies to the scene.

Deputies reported that on arrival at the address they found between 100 and 150 dogs and other animals on the property, which was described as a “Puppy Mill” operation.

Arrested by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday were 70-year-old Barbara Anne Timms and 46-year-old Barry Leon Davis, both of 10,822 Indian Mound Road, Ware Shoals. Both were charged with two counts of Animal Cruelty.

Warrants accuse them of not providing proper care for numerous dogs and rabbits, resulting in the deaths of some of the animals, as noted at their residence on January 14th. A Sheriff’s Facebook post said there were also chickens, ducks and cats.

Staff from Laurens County Animal Control was joined yesterday by the Anderson PAWS organization and they were working diligently to properly remove every animal from the residence, evaluate their health and ensure the animals are properly taken care of. The Sheriff’s Statement said the scene at this location on Indian Mound Road was “truly a devastating scene of cruelty.”

The Laurens County Sheriff Office was actively investigating the criminal aspect of this case. More charges were pending. A third resident of the address was being held in the Johnson Detention Center overnight, awaiting charges.