South Carolina resident Ron Hevener seems to have lived a charmed life. According to his biography on his official website, Hevener owns “one of the oldest dog show kennels in the U.S.” and he’s both an artist and a licensed racehorse trainer, but according to WLTX.com, the Calhoun County resident is now facing multiple counts of “ill treatment of animals,” dogs and horses.
The Calhoun County Sheriff Thomas Summers told WLTX that in April, someone tipped them off about the malnourished horses on his farm on Doodle Hill Road in St. Matthews. The officers found a dead horse and a veterinarian determined that other horses were in need of immediate care.
Photographs taken by the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department show the horses have back and hip bones clearly protruding. Hevener was charged with eight counts of ill-treatment and given a plan to bring the animals back to a healthy condition but by 12 May 2015, the deputies returned to the farm and found that the animals were still suffering. Hevener was arrested and 29 of his horses were seized. County animal control officers, the Humane Society and the Arabian Rescue Mission are caring for the horses, but Collie Rescue of the Carolinas is taking on the three dogs.
All three rough collies were not in good shape. The tricolor male was shaved due to mats. He had wounds on his chest and genitals. He needs surgery to drain the wound on his chest and is being treated for whip and hook worms as well as fleas and ticks.
There is also a sable female who is also being treated for pests and is ten pounds underweight. Both the tri male and the sable and white female have high white cell blood counts, meaning they have infections. The sable and white male is about ten pounds underweight and is also being treated for pests.
Hevener wrote a novel in 2005 about racing, “High Stakes.” He previously published “Fate of the Stallion” in 2000 a semi-autobiographical novel about how he saved a beautiful Arabian stallion from slaughter and in 2005, Hevener was attempting to make his book into a movie. He was a columnist, writing “On with the Show” for venues such as Horse and Pony Times.
In 2012, Hevener published “The Blue Ribbon,” a book about romance and rivalry on the road to Westminster Dog Show.
The dogs are currently still owned by Hevener and being cared for by a veterinarian. Collie Rescue of the Carolinas hopes to take ownership. To support Collie Rescue, you can donate directly by clicking to “donate” button at the bottom of the contact page or you can mail checks directly to this address:
Collie Rescue of the Carolinas
P.O. Box 1313
Kernersville, NC 27285
Arabian Rescue Mission requests donations, supplies, volunteers and local foster homes. You can reach them on their website. You can also contact them at:
Arabian Rescue Mission
c/o St. Matthews Animal Control
140 Purple Martin Dr.,
St. Matthews, SC 29135.