KERSHAW COUNTY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ILLTREATMENT OF ANIMALS & BREEDING DOGS FOR ILLEGAL PURPOSES
Camden, SC – On Thursday, June 27, 2013, Burton Lushawn Mincey pled guilty to 12 counts of Ill Treatment of Animals and 8 counts of Breeding Dogs for Illegal Purposes… ALL of which are FELONY CHARGES.
In late December 2012 / early January 2013, the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Department received information that a man was keeping and breeding dogs for fighting purposes. Nearly two dozen pit bulls were believed to have suffered abuse and training for the purpose of dog fighting at a Baron DeKalb Road location in Kershaw County. During the investigation, the Sheriff’s Department contacted the Humane Society’s full-time animal cruelty investigator, who is trained to recognize signs of animal cruelty and abuse, for assistance. According to Solicitor Dan Johnson, “the Humane Society’s involvement in the investigation and resolution of this case was invaluable. Additionally, a case like this makes the community aware of just how seriously this office takes the prosecution of all crimes.”
Mincey was arrested on January 8, 2013, and was charged with 20 counts of Ill Treatment of Animals, 20 counts of Owning Dogs for Fighting, 8 counts of Breeding Dogs for Illegal Purposes and 1 count of Being Present at a Facility for Dog Fighting. The dogs were taken into the custody of the Kershaw County Animal Control.
On Thursday, June 27, 2013, Mincey entered the plea to 12 counts of Ill Treatment of Animals and 8 counts of Breeding Dogs for Illegal Purposes. He received a negotiated sentence of 5 years suspended; upon 1 year active prison time and 2 years supervised release before the Honorable Robert Hood, in the Kershaw County Court of General Sessions.
The Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ (HSPCAs) Director Wayne Brennessel said, “I am very happy that our agency was able to be a part of the investigation and prosecution of this case. I want to thank the Fifth Circuit Solicitors’ Office and the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office for actively pursuing anyone who is treating animals badly. I think that this sentence sends a significant message to the citizens of the Midlands that we are all working diligently to end animal cruelty.”
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