Spartanburg Co. Council to propose changes to better protect pets

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SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – 7News has a notable update to an original report that we first brought you two weeks ago on the treatment of animals in Spartanburg County.

The grass roots effort to change the law to better protect pets appears to be working.

Tuesday, 7News learned Spartanburg County Council has plans to take action.

It has been 247 days since Chris Morrow and his sister Sherry Wood first spoke before Spartanburg County Council about the county law’s failure to adequately protect animals.  They referenced a dog, they called Willis, who they found tethered 24/7, even in poor whether conditions.

“So we’re back where we started,” Morrow said at Monday night’s council meeting.

This time Morrow had momentum in the form of more than 4300 signatures to a Chang.org petition they started to change county law.  

“I did get the feeling last night that we’re at least starting to maybe have the tide turn in our favor a little bit, people seem to be in tune with what’s going on,” said Morrow.

On May 9, 7News told viewers how surrounding counties and cities had already changed their ordinances to require more humane shelters and tethering restrictions.

Morrow and Wood proposed changes in writing back in December but county council held off, waiting to see if a state bill would pass.

On May 16, that bill was signed into law, but not before legislators omitted the very section that would have required tethering regulations.

“Now that that bill ultimately has taken out the very thing that began this conversation it’s incumbent upon us to move forward,” Spartanburg County Councilman Michael Brown said.

Brown told 7News that by the next council meeting they should be ready to present a proposal with proposed changes to the animal ordinance.  It would have to pass three readings to become law.

“To Chris and his sister and to the many other people that have spoken to us on council about this very issue, we’re so thankful that they brought this up and we’re here to be responsive,” Brown said.

Council members welcome thoughts on how to improve the current Spartanburg County Animal Ordinance

Contact your councilmember via the email addresses on this site.  

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