Gvl Co. Council ordinance hopes to protect outdoor animals

Credit: Moore County Sheriff's Office

GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) –  Greenville County Council took steps to further protect against animal cruelty.

Tuesday evening, council had the first reading of an amended ordinance. The ordinance would require people provide adequate shelter for animals.

“Primarily for people who have larger dogs that are tethered outside that there is adequate shelter and housing, so they’re not left out in the cold or inclement weather…We just don’t think that’s good enough in Greenville County,” Councilman Ennis Fant said.

If a larger dog is outside, the ordinance states the shelter should be moisture proof and windproof and should be a reasonable size to allow retention of body heat. It also says the structure should include a sufficient amount of hay, straw, wood chips, or blankets for bedding.

For animal rescuers, the ordinance is good news.

“There’s a big need for it,” said Charlie Dieterich, who owns Pet Haven of South Carolina.

Dieterich goes through neighborhoods including Berea, Judson, and Nicholtown looking for dogs to help. He says he often sees problems with the housing dogs are provided.

“Usually the doorways really big, and there’s no hay or wood chips,” Dieterich said.
He says the wrong-sized house for a dog can leave it exposed to the cold and tethering limits the animal’s mobility to get food and water.
“My hopes is for more protection for these animals, that they’ll get the best care possible,” Dieterich.
The ordinance still has to go through a second and third reading before it becomes law.