Spartanburg City Council to Address Concerns about Animal Ordinance

Animal Ordinance

Spartanburg City Council Animal Control Ordinance Committee will present their findings and discuss possible changes to their animal ordinance, according to the meeting agenda. 

Hundreds of residents signed a petition after members of city council said, neighbors saw pets, specifically dogs, left out in freezing cold weather. They asked that the Animals and Fowl section of the city code be strengthened. 

In January of 2018 Mayor Junie White appointed a committee that established goals which are named in a council document from a memorandum in 2017. 

These included setting a temperature standard for cold weather to make sure that animals are protected, clarifying tethering laws, strengthening language regarding the definition of “adequate shelter;” and addressing enforcement of the law while recognizing that an animal owner’s property rights must be protected as well. 

In a memorandum from the City Manager, council is asked to consider the property rights of an individual and the owner’s ability to bring a dog indoors. 

The note continues that council consider that leasing rules may hinder compliance for owners lining in rental housing as well as if they possess health conditions or have an aggressive animal. 

The council documents also show research being done to determine the number of instances the temperature dipped below and around freezing. 

All items are to be discussed in the Spartanburg City Council meeting at 5 at City Hall. 

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