Effingham woman ordered to pay $35k in restitution in animal cruelty case

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EFFINGHAM, SC (WBTW) – An Effingham woman who previously pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges has been ordered to pay $35,000 in restitution.

Ed Clements, the 12th Circuit Solicitor, confirmed to News13 that a judge has ordered Donna Kellar Lee to pay $35,000 of restitution.

Clements told News13 the money will go to Valiant Animal Rescue for the care of the animals.

“Valiant Animal Rescue was caring for all the dogs. They’re the recipients. Medical costs and expenses for treatment of sick and injured dogs,” Clements said.

In April, News13 reported that Lee pleaded guilty to three counts of cruelty to animals and received a sentence of three years of probation.

In November 2017, Florence County Environmental Services worked with Michelle Reid, an animal cruelty consultant and animal forensics expert, and Valiant Animal Rescue team members to remove 133 animals from Lee’s property in Florence County.

According to Reid, the animals had medical issues including intestinal parasites, infections, and ringworm when seized from the property.

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