Tuesday, June 2, 2015

BEAUFORT COUNTY SC - A PROPOSAL THAT WOULD REQUIRE ALL PIT BULLS AND PIT MIXES TO BE SPAYED OR NEUTERED AND MICROCHIPPED IS CURRENTLY MAKING ITS WAY THROUGH COUNTY COUNCIL AT THE COMMITTEE LEVEL

County officials presented council's governmental committee Monday with the working draft ordinance that outlines the proposed change and also addresses nuisance pets and livestock nuisances among other issues.
Beaufort County Animal Control director Tallulah Trice said a large population of Pit bulls has contributed to overcrowding at the current county animal shelter. Ninety percent of the shelter's population are Pit bulls, and 90 percent of the euthanized animals are also Pit bulls, Trice said.
A Pit bull is defined by the ordinance as "any dog that is an American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Stafford Bull Terrier or any dog that exhibits physical characteristics which predominately conform to the standards established by the American Kennel Club, United Kennel Club or American Dog Breeders Association."
Trice said the ordinance has been worked on for a long time and is not in response to recent dog attacks throughout the county involving Pit Bulls.
Most recently on May 20, a Pit Bull attacked a greyhound in Bluffton Park, and the dog later died from the injuries.

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