Saved from a Puppy Mill
by Becca Boronat

My name is Sasha Luna. My home was a puppy mill in Laurens County, South Carolina. I’ve lived there my whole life with 147 other dogs just like me, plus 107 chickens and ducks. There were also a few “hopping dogs;” humans called them “rabbits.”

I’ve always lived in a wire crate and it was lonely and scary. There was no soft bed. My paws hurt from walking on the wired mesh bottom. There were so many of my friends living in the same conditions. It was very hard to breathe there. Every time I took a breath, it hurt. People said it was because of the ammonia. Read more.


Laurens County Animal Services and Control’s mission is to:

  • promote responsible domestic
  • protect the public from nuisance domestic pets/livestock roaming throughout the County
  • provide a temporary shelter for stray, unwanted or homeless domestic pets.

All activities shall be in compliance with State and local laws and regulations and performed by a humane and professional staff.

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Hot Weather and Your Pet

We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our furry companions, but being overeager in hot weather can spell danger, especially leaving your pet in an automobile. To prevent your pet from overheating, take these simple precautions:

  • Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot or humid outdoors. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful not to over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot.
  • Know the symptoms of overheating in pets, which include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. Symptoms can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.
  • Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.
  • Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle. It lead to fatal heat stroke.
  • When the temperature is very high, don’t let your dog linger on hot asphalt. Being so close to the ground, your pooch’s body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks during these times to a minimum.

For other tips visit American Society for the Prevention Cruelty to Animals