Supplies needed at Sumter Animal Control to help with rescued dogs


Sumter County Animal Control is in need of supplies to help take care of the surviving dogs that were rescued from a home on Lowder Road where there was an apparent dog fighting operation, and The Sumter Item is serving as a drop off location for those who want to help.

Donations can be dropped off at 36 W. Liberty St. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Animal Control kennel is closed until further notice due to the overwhelming number of animals currently there.

A post on the agency's Facebook page asked anyone who is missing a pet to bring photos and documentation to the front office, or email Proof of ownership is required to reclaim a pet, which includes photos and vet records.

Email or leave a message at (803) 774-3232 to schedule adoption appointments. Adoptions and adoption meet and greets are being scheduled by appointment only at this time.

The man accused of running the fighting operation, Alva Timmons Ridgeway, is awaiting his first appearance set for Aug. 2 on 57 charges, most of which are for ill treatment of animals and animal fighting or baiting.

Items needed at Animal Control

  • Clorox bleach
  • Pedigree dog food - chicken, rice and vegetable
  • Adams flea and tick spray
  • Pedigree Choice Cuts canned food
  • Stainless steel dog bowls
  • Pedigree puppy canned and dry food
  • Milk bones
  • Alpha Tech Pet Kennel Sol
  • Germicidal cleaner and disinfectant
  • Bounty paper towels
  • Lysol spray original scent
  • Dawn original dish detergent
  • PetLac Milk Powder for puppies
  • Potty pads