Of course, saving any animal from any shelter is a phenomenal statement. However, why is South Carolina different?
According to South Carolina’s Information Highway, the death rate of animals at most shelters in the state is well over 75 percent. This means that for every 4 animals that enter, only 1 is re-homed. Many of these refuges have low funds and are only able to supply dilapidated buildings with overcrowded quarters.
South Carolina also has very few laws protecting its animals. In fact, according to the Humane Society of the United States, South Carolina is ranked number 46 out of the 50 states on animal cruelty laws. In addition, the state does not have a “no animals order.” Meaning that individuals charged with animal abuse are able to adopt another animal if they desire. Other flaws with South Carolina’s animal laws include: owners not being required to give veterinary care, permitting euthanasia by carbon monoxide gas, and allowing hunting dogs to be abandoned.
Very few people know about the laws and regulations concerning animal rights in South Carolina. Inhumane actions and overpopulation are taking place in the state because of those who are uneducated on the responsibilites of owning an animal. Let’s spark a resolution.
“There are no problems, only opportunities for growth.” Rebbetzin Dena Weinberg