KERSHAW COUNTY, SC — Burton Lushawn Mincey, 42, has pleaded guilty to 12 counts of animal cruelty and 8 counts of breeding dogs for fighting in Kershaw County.
Following a plea agreement, he was sentenced Thursday to 1 year in jail followed by two years probation.
When Mincey was arrested in January, an estimated 20 pit-bull mix dogs were seized.
Authorities went to Mincey’s Barron Dekalb Road home following a tip that drugs were being sold there. Officers found evidence of the illegal dog breeding operation, including heavy chains, treadmills and a dark trailer. Some of the dogs had to be euthanized shortly after they were seized.
In announcing Mincey’s sentencing, 5th Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson warned that his office will “pursue anyone who is treating animals badly.” The Kershaw County Sheriff’s office investigated the case with the assistance of the Humane Society, Johnson said.
Rachael Myers Lowe