GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Changes could be on the way for pet owners in Greenville County, months after new rules on sheltering animals.
A county council committee is talking about changing rules on tethering.
“I think it’s [tethering] the worst thing ever – ever,” said Greenville County dog owner Peggy Taylor. “The dog has no freedom. It has no interaction with other dogs.”
County Councilman Joe Dill sits on the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee where the animal tethering changes were discussed this week.
“I don’t want anybody mistreating an animal,” said Dill. “When you say animals that takes in goats, horses.”
He says that’s one issue he has with the ordinance – it refers to animals. He says advocates had more focused goals.
“I think their intent was to be dog specific,” he said. “If that’s true I think the ordinance is going to have to be changed to where you can adapt it to just dogs.”
The ordinance says an animal can’t be tethered more than two hours in a 12 hour period, and someone has to be outside with it. The restraint can’t be less than 12 feet long and needs a swivel on the collar to keep the animal from getting hurt. Animals must be tethered separately and whatever’s being used to tether the animal can’t exceed 10-percent of its weight.
“We’ve got to find a happy medium,” he said, adding that some of his constituents in the hunting community are concerned. “You’ve got people who raise beagles who rabbit hunt – sometimes they have to be tied.”
It’s a topic Taylor says council should be addressing.
“They become part of your family and if they don’t you don’t have to have a dog,” she said.
This proposal comes after a statewide tethering effort didn’t make it through this year’s legislative session.
Councilman Dill says they need to look at state tethering regulations and rules in other parts of the country. Then they’ll consider bringing it to full council for a vote.