April – Animal Cruelty Prevention Month

The Humane Society of Greenwood wants all to realize that animal abuse and neglect occurs in their own community. It’s important to recognize the signs of neglect, whether it’s intentional or not, and to report it for the sake of the animal. Residents of Greenwood City or County (South Carolina) should call 911 or dispatch at (864) 942-8679 to report an animal in need. The more detailed information you have — exact address or location, description of animal(s), date, time of incident — the better able law enforcement can assist. You are allowed to make the report and remain anonymous, if you choose. The most important thing is that the animal gets the help it needs.

South Carolina Title 47, Chapter 1 spells out the laws in place to help protect animals from cruelty and neglect. Of particular note are the definitions of “sustenance” and “shelter.” When dogs are tethered or chained and unable to reach food and/or water provided or unable to get shelter from the elements of the weather, the pet’s owner could be in violation of the cruelty laws and subject to the punishment therein. However, HSOG’s hope is that people would simply treat their pets with kindness and not have the law be the reason for providing humane care.

SECTION 47-1-10. Definitions.

As used in this chapter:

(1) “Animal” means a living vertebrate creature except a homo sapien.

(2) “Sustenance” means adequate food provided at suitable intervals of quantities of wholesome foodstuff suitable for the species and age, sufficient to maintain a reasonable level of nutrition to allow for proper growth and weight and adequate water provided with constant access to a supply of clean, fresh, and potable water provided in a suitable manner for the species.

(3) “Shelter” means shelter that reasonably may be expected to protect the animal from physical suffering or impairment of health due to exposure to the elements or adverse weather.

Helpful Links

Below are links to helpful and important information from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

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