Horry County Council OKs new animal-care rules, first reading of new fireworks rules


CONWAY, S.C. (WBTW) — Horry County Council Tuesday night time permitted new rules pertaining to the care and therapy of animals and took an preliminary step towards new rules for fireworks.

The animal-care ordinance permitted on third reading units up new rules for the care and therapy of animals.

The ordinance reads partly, “Anyone owning, harboring, keeping in possession, or having custody or control of any animal shall provide such animal with sufficient food and water, proper shelter, and veterinary care when needed, providing for humane care and treatment and to prevent suffering”.

The Animal Voice Alliance of South Carolina, Best Friends Animal Society, and the Horry County Police division all labored collectively to develop the ordinance.

Loris resident, Lynn Greco is a member of the Animal Voice Alliance of South Carolina and was an enormous advocate for getting this pushed.

“We kept fighting and we did it so we’re very excited,” Greco mentioned.

The ordinance describes “proper shelter” as an “outdoor house-like structure appropriate for the size and number of animals which will keep a non-aquatic animal dry, out of the direct path of winds, out of direct sun, and at a reasonable temperature that is healthful for the animal”.

When the outside temperature is 45 levels Fahrenheit or decrease, the outside shelter should have a windbreak on the entrance. When the outside temperature is 85 levels or greater, the ordinance says, “each dog must be afforded one or more separate areas of shade large enough to accommodate the entire body of the dog at one time…”

It will probably be unlawful to tether an animal whereas open air besides when a quantity of particular situations are met.

After the vote, a Utah-based animal-welfare group that mentioned it has labored “hand-in-hand” with Horry County for practically a yr, praised the ordinance.

“Best Friend Animal Society is excited to see Horry County leadership pass common-sense ordinances to reduce shelter crowding and improve animal welfare in their community,” the group mentioned in a information launch.

The group additionally mentioned it has granted the county greater than $40,000 and offered different coverage and technical steering throughout 2021 in help of a lure/neuter/vaccinate/return program geared toward humanely managing a “growing community cat population using industry best practices, to end the sale of commercially bred dogs and cats in retail pet stores, improve the definition of shelters for dogs who live outdoors, protect dogs transported in open truck or trailer beds on highways, and empower law enforcement to rescue a pet locked in a hot car.”

“It’s encouraging to see Horry County prioritize reducing shelter crowding and improve animal welfare in their community,” CEO Julie Castle mentioned. “Best Friends is proud to partner alongside their leadership to make these necessary changes and we are committed now more than ever to helping counties most in need of support to end the killing of healthy and treatable dogs and cats.”

The group mentioned Horry County is the first county within the state to get this stage of help. The group additionally mentioned it’s dedicated to serving to different counties in want of monetary, coverage, and legislative help to finish the killing of wholesome and treatable canine and cats within the state.

The fireworks ordinance, which was permitted on first reading, would make it “unlawful for any person to ignite, discharge, light, or cause to be launched within an area that has been designated a County No Fireworks Area” by the county. First-time violations would face an preliminary $50 advantageous. The advantageous for repeat offenders can be $100.

The ordinance defines the “No Fireworks Areas” as any “geographic location, as determined by County Council, wherein the prohibition against fireworks … is deemed appropriate.” Ground and hand-held sparklers: cylindrical or cone fountains; wheel or floor spinners; illumination torches; toy smoke gadgets, snakes and glow worms; trick noisemakers; toy pistol caps; get together poppers or snappers are excluded until their use “rises to the level of nuisance activity.”