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It is a crisis playing out every single day in Orangeburg County. What is it? It is the loss of our humanity. It is a total disregard for life. It is acts of cruelty and neglect happening every single day all over our county.

Every day a companion animal is dumped to die. Adult and newly born pets just dumped in the middle of nowhere, on dirt roads, in the woods from Springfield to Eutawville and everywhere in between.

When you dump a litter of four or five-week-old puppies in the middle of nowhere, you are subjecting them to painful starvation, giving the coyotes and other predators an easy food source and ensuring that this litter of puppies suffers greatly.

Just in recent days, a puppy was rescued, the only thing in his stomach was rocks … it was all he could find to eat. However, that is not the worst thing to happen to this baby; he also wandered into the road where he was struck by a truck going 65 mph. Sadly, despite the vet’s best efforts, he died from a severe head injury.

Another beautiful sweet dog was found with much of his front paw missing and infected and now he is facing amputation of his entire leg. These are just the latest two situations our rescue has had to deal with but they are examples of the same heartbreaking scenarios played out every day here in Orangeburg County.

These acts of cruelty and neglect need to be punished by law. We need to make it hard on individuals that deliberately place these sweet, loving companion animals out to suffer and die.

Second Chance of Orangeburg Animal Rescue Coalition believes “somebody, somewhere knows something” and they need to report what they know. Whether it is a suspected dog-fighting ring, a pet neglected or abused, or a family that one minute has a pet and the next day they do not, someone sees something, but they do not do anything. It’s time to do something.

We have discussed the issues, but the solutions are something that will take a community working together to address. There is not a single simple answer. Second Chance of Orangeburg Animal Rescue Coalition is asking, if you believe puppies should not die such horrific brutal deaths, and dogs should not starve and face horrible injuries, if you believe these animals born to be companions to mankind should have the protection of mankind, then please join Second Chance of Orangeburg Animal Rescue Coalition in our fight against cruelty and abuse.

We need your thoughts and ideas on this problem. If you would like to help address the issue of cruelty and abuse of companion animals please attend a meeting on Monday, March 12, at 6:30 p.m. We would love to have a brainstorming session to begin to develop a plan to initiate a lifesaving campaign: “Somebody, somewhere knows something.”

We believe if we work together on this issue, we can end much of the cruelty and abuse companion animals face here in Orangeburg County. If you can attend this meeting, please RSVP to with your name and the number attending.

This is a problem that has been talked about for years. Now is the time to take our thoughts and concerns and put them into the action needed to regain some of our humanity. To make a difference it starts with us as a community coming together and working toward the changes needed. Working together, all things are possible, but we have to work together. We need you because we cannot do this alone. Let us start on March 12 working together for these innocent animals. We hope to see you then.

Cindy B. Smith is a founder of Second Chance of Orangeburg Animal Rescue Coalition.


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