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From 15 January 2008 Issue

ACTION ALERT!
MAKE TETHERING A DOG ILLEGAL NOW
(South Carolina bill 833)

ACTION ALERT!
CALL! WRITE! CROSSPOST!
MAKE TETHERING A DOG ILLEGAL NOW

TETHERING BILL! (SOUTH CAROLINA)

Please take 5 minutes ASAP to email and call the following subcommittee members of Bill 833(Read below). Which if passed would prohibit the permanent tethering of dogs 24 hours a day in SC.

A HUGE step for South Carolina

Really a miracle that it is being proposed. If you are from NC or anywhere else please email too. We have to speak up for them. You may want to mention some of the following: how aggressive chained dogs become, inhumane, would help make it difficult for dog fighters, and help stop the pet population problem. For more facts on chained dogs see www.dogsdeservebetter.org

THANKS!!!
Alicia(803-329-0689)

Subcommittee members:

Senator John Hawkins- DH@scsenate.org  803-212-6008
Senator Joel Lourie- JBL@scsenate.org  803-212-6116
Senator Vincent Sheheen- VS@scsenate.org  803-212-6124
Senator Lewis Vaughn- LRV@scsenate.org  803-212-6100

PLEASE also contact your local legislator. You can find out who that is by going to www.scstatehouse.net 

Summary: Dogs

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

Date Body Action Description with journal page number
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6/7/2007 Senate Introduced and read first time SJ-22
6/7/2007 Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary SJ-22
6/20/2007 Senate Referred to Subcommittee: Hawkins (ch), Sheheen, Lourie, Vaughn

View the latest legislative information at the LPITS web site

VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

6/7/2007

(Text matches printed bills. Document has been reform atted to meet World Wide Web specifications.)

A BILL
TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 47-1-45 SO AS TO PROHIBIT THE TETHERING, FASTENING, CHAINING, TYING, OR RESTRAINING A DOG TO A STATIONARY OBJECT FOR MORE THAN THREE HOURS A DAY OR FOR MORE THAN SIX HOURS A DAY ON A TROLLEY SYSTEM; TO PROVIDE CLASS I MISDEMEANOR CRIMINAL PENALTIES; AND TO AUTHORIZE LOCAL GOVERNMENT BY ORDINANCE TO VARY THESE REGULATIONS.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION 1. Chapter 1, Title 47 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 47-1-45. (A) It is unlawful to tether, fasten, chain, tie, or restrain a dog, or cause such restraining of a dog, to a tree, fence, post, dog house, or other stationary object for more than three hours in a twenty-four-hour period. During periods of tethering that are not unlawful under this subsection, any tethering device used must be at least fifteen feet in length and attached in such manner as to prevent strangulation or other injury to the dog and entanglement with objects other than the stationary objects to which the device is attached.

(B) It is unlawful to tether, fasten, chain, tie, or restrain a dog, or cause such restraining of a dog, to a cable trolley system, that allows movement of the restraining device, for more than six hours in a twenty-four-hour period. During periods of tethering that are not unlawful under this subsection, the length of the cable along which the tethering device can move must be at least ten feet, and the tethering device must be of such length that the dog is able to move ten feet away from the cable perpendicularly.

(C) It is unlawful to attach a chain or wire or other tethering device to, or cause such attachment to, a choke-type or pronged collar on a dog.

(D) It is unlawful to attach a chain or wire or other tethering device to a dog in such manner that does not allow the dog access to water and shelter.

(E) A person who knowingly or intentionally violates subsection (A), (B), (C), or (D) is guilty of a misdemeanor and must be punished in the manner prescribed in Section 47-1-40(A).

(F) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsections (C) and (D), a person may, subject to the provisions of subsections (C) and (D) of this section:

(1) tether and restrain a dog while actively engaged in:

(a) use of the dog in shepherding or herding livestock;

(b) use of the dog in the business of cultivating agricultural products, if the restraining is reasonably necessary for the safety of the dog; or

(c) use of the dog in lawful hunting activities if the restraint is reasonably necessary for the safety of the dog.

(2) after taking possession of a dog that appears to be a stray dog and after having advised animal control authorities of the capture of the dog, tether and restrain the dog during such time as the person having taken possession of the dog is seeking the identity of the owner of the dog;

(3) walk a dog with a handheld leash.

(G) A county, city, or town may by ordinance:

(1) reduce the time of permissible tethering provided in subsections (B) and (C) of this section, including a prohibition on tethering;

(2) increase the permitted time for tethering on a rope or chain provided in subsection (B) from three to as many as nine hours;

(3) increase the permitted time for tethering on a pulley system provided in subsection (C) from six to as many as twelve hours in any twenty-four-hour period."

SECTION 2. This act becomes effective July 1, 2008.

BB KNOWLES
NORTH CAROLINA VOTERS FOR ANIMAL WELFARE
WWW.NCVAW.ORG

DOG FIGHTING: "SOME CALL IT A SPORT; N.C. CALLS IT A FELONY"
http://www.hsus.org/hsus_field/animal_fighting_the_final_round/
WANT MORE INFO? CONTACT:
STOP-NC-ANIMAL-FIGHTING@EARTHLINK.NET 

Staff: VeganRadfem@aol.com

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