Sorry County Council approves new animal welfare rules and first reading of new fireworks rules


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CONWAY, SC (WBTW) – Horry County Council approved new rules for the care and treatment of animals on Tuesday evening and took a first step towards new regulations for fireworks.

The Animal Care Ordinance approved at third reading sets new rules for the care and treatment of animals.

The ordinance reads in part: “Anyone who owns, houses, keeps in possession or has the care or control of an animal must provide that animal with sufficient food and water, appropriate shelter and veterinary care if necessary. , providing him with humane care and treatment and to avoid suffering ”.

The South Carolina Animal Voice Alliance, Best Friends Animal Society, and the Horry County Police Department all worked together to develop the order.

A resident of Loris, Lynn Greco is a member of the Animal Voice Alliance of South Carolina and has been a strong advocate for this promotion.

“We kept fighting and we did so we are very excited,” said Greco.

The ordinance describes an “appropriate shelter” as an “exterior house-like structure appropriate for the size and number of animals that will keep a non-aquatic animal dry, out of the direct path of the winds, out of the water. direct sunlight and at a reasonable temperature. healthy temperature for the animal ”.

When the outside temperature is 45 degrees Fahrenheit or less, the outdoor shelter should have a windbreak at the entrance. When the outside temperature is 85 degrees or more, the ordinance states that “each dog must have one or more separate shade areas large enough to accommodate the dog’s entire body at the same time …”

It will be illegal to tie an animal outdoors, except when a number of specific conditions are met.

After the vote, a Utah-based animal welfare organization, which said it had worked “hand-in-hand” with Horry County for nearly a year, praised the ordinance .

“The Best Friend Animal Society is thrilled to see leaders in Horry County adopt common sense ordinances to reduce shelter overcrowding and improve animal welfare in their community,” the group said in a press release. .

The group also said it has awarded the county more than $ 40,000 and provided further policy and technical guidance during 2021 in support of a trap / sterilization / vaccination / return program to manage with humanity a ‘growing community cat population using industry best practices, to end the sale of commercially farmed dogs and cats in retail pet stores, to improve the definition of shelters for dogs that live outside, to protect dogs transported in trucks or trailers open on highways and to empower the police to rescue an animal locked in a hot car. “

“It is encouraging to see Horry County making it a priority to reduce shelter overcrowding and improve animal welfare in their community,” said CEO Julie Castle. “Best Friends is proud to partner with its leaders to make these necessary changes and we are more committed than ever to helping countries most in need of support to end the slaughter of healthy dogs and cats.” and treatable. “

The group said Sorry County was the first county in the state to gain this level of support. The organization also said it is committed to helping other counties in need of financial, political and legislative support to end the slaughter of healthy and treatable dogs and cats in the state.


The fireworks ordinance, which was approved on first reading, would make “illegal for anyone to light, discharge, ignite or throw in an area which has been designated a non-fire zone. county fireworks’ by the county. The first offenses would be punishable by an initial fine of $ 50. The fine for repeat offenders would be $ 100.

The ordinance defines “no fireworks zones” as any “geographic location, as determined by the county council, in which the ban on fireworks … is deemed appropriate”. Magic candles on the floor and in hand: cylindrical or conical fountains; wheels or spinners on the ground; lighting torches; toy smoke devices, snakes and glowworms; deceptive noise makers; toy gun caps; party poppers or snappers are excluded unless their use “reaches the level of harmful activity”.

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Boyd S. Abbott