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      Coon hound rescue group says hunting dogs are often abused

      By Ava Wilhiteawilhite@abcnews4.com

      Charleston, S.C. (WCIV) A woman who rescues hound dogs said often hunting dogs are treated as property and not fed enough.

      Kelly Postell is the founder and director of Carolina Coonhound Rescue. Postell said because of the job hound dogs perform abuse happens often.

      "Saying that they are skinny because they are hunting dogs, that is not true. We've seen dogs that come in and have been skin and bones," said Postell. {}

      Family members of accused dog abuser Loney Garrett say he did feed his 45 dogs, but he kept them thin for hunting. Postell said the number of dogs in this case was extreme, but hunters often keep{}three or four{}hound dogs.

      "It's pretty common, not to this scale of the Goose Creek dogs per se, that's not the norm. But it does happen a lot of them, a lot of hunters feel like dogs are property and not necessarily living breathing animals," said Postell. {}

      Postell believes Garrett is one of those hunters. She wants the public to know her organization is not against hunters.

      "We want to help them understand that these dogs can be treated better and be taken care of and still do their job," said Postell. {}

      Postell said she's reached out to Animal Rescue and Relief to help find foster homes when the dogs are ready. She said often coonhounds are the last to leave the shelter.

      According to Berkeley county animal control there is no code that limits the amount of dogs on a property.{} In the unincorporated areas of Charleston County no code exists to limit ownership of dogs. {}

      Dorchester County officials did not return requests for comment. {}

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