Just a week after a puppy mill was discovered, Anderson County leaders decided to appoint a special committee designed to shut down similar operations.
According to our news coverage partners with the Anderson Independent-Mail, County Council Chairman Francis Crowder announced at Tuesday night's meeting that he plans to appoint the panel and ask it to "look at the total issue" of how to regulate puppy mills, how to impose dog-selling restrictions and how to inspect the areas where dogs are bred and kept. Council member Eddie Moore added that requirements should be placed on sellers of dogs and cats in the county and that they should furnish health certificates for any animal they sell.
The Independent-Mail reports that Moore's proposal would include proof that the dogs or cats have been vaccinated properly against disease and be dewormed. While his proposal was not voted on at the meeting, Moore said Anderson County Attorney Mike Pitts would help him draft a formal proposal that would be voted on at council's next meeting in September. Crowder added that council has researched similar regulations in other states and he hopes a ordinance will be in place for consideration next month as well.
Anderson County resident Leo Ortiz agreed.
"We need something in place that will go after unscrupulous breeders and fly-by-night sellers in Anderson County," he said. "This doesn't just happen at the Jockey Lot. It happens on Craigslist, it happens out of the back of trucks, it happens when dogs are sold out of homes."
The discussion came after 153 dogs were seized on August 9 at a home on Martin Road in Starr. The owner of the dogs, Donald Black, voluntarily relinquished them to authorities and was subsequently charged with four counts of mistreating animals. A dog that was sold at the Anderson Jockey Lot and found to have Parvo helped lead to the puppy mill.
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