This is a story that will absolutely infuriate anyone who has a heart and soul. It involves three dogs and a cat who were starved to death, purposely, by their owner, who resides in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. Yes, the state has some of the least enforced and worst judges in the country.
This explanation from animal advocate Darlene Nelson posted on Facebook: Abuse trial for Cassandra Haslam explains it best.
“To all our animal rights warriors. There will be a case of animal torture being heard in Spartanburg Magistrate Court Monday, February 27th. This woman starved 3 dogs and a cat to death..and for the year before these pets lived in a mobile home in their own urine and poop never allowed out to smell fresh air..on October 14th, 2016 I reported this to Animal Control…She was given a small fine for not having them vaccinated and given 3 months to fix their living conditions. In December I asked Animal Control why they weren’t helping these animals and was told they were doing all they could within the law…at the end of December I found out she was no longer coming to feed them. And again I alerted Animal Control of what I knew and was told they would be out as soon as they could get a warrant..They didn’t get it in time… . .”
On February 27, 2017, in a Spartanburg court, Judge Turner gave Cassie Haslam community service, a small fine, and sent her to a class for allowing her dogs and cat to starve to death. Unless she fails to complete the intervention class program, the case is closed! This sentence is a pathetic joke handed down by someone sworn to uphold the law, and the last I heard, it’s illegal to starve an animal to death.
Why even bother to tell people to report cases of abuse if Animal Control is going to twiddle their thumbs and wait until it’s far too late to intervene. This isn’t the first time this type of abuse has occurred and it won’t be the last. Giving an animal owner three months to fix living conditions is far too long. Just how long do they think it takes an animal to die in their own filth? There have been MANY cases in Upstate South Carolina where reports are called in, AC goes out and does NOTHING, even though the animal is skin and bones.
I just wanted to make the public aware of the “great” job our county officials are doing in protecting the animals in our community. If you truly want to help, contact state representatives and county council members. Attend county council meetings where you live. And for God’s sake, don’t depend on the Sheriff’s Department or Animal Control to save a life. You’d spend your time more wisely arranging a doggy or kitty kidnapping (which happens more often than you’d think).
Before you blame the parents for how Ms. Haslam was raised, a relative stepped forward and stated she was raised to care about animals, not abuse them. That her mother is an avid animal lover and would never condone these atrocities. ‘
Readers, this is NOT how the majority of South Carolina residents want to see animals treated. A few bad judges and even more bad owners have put the state on the map as one of the worst in the country in animal welfare. Of course, it’s easy to get away with animals being killed when the perpertrator knows they’ll only get a slap on the wrist.