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Friday, February 22, 2008

South Carolina considers chaining ban to protect dogs

A Senate panel is considering a bill that would fine dog owners and possibly send them to jail if they keep their pets chained outside for too long.

The bill currently says anyone tethering a dog to a stationary object for more than three hours could be fined up to $500 and sent to jail for up to 60 days. A third offense would be up to two years in prison and a $2,000 fine.

But the Senate committee is considering changing the bill to allow owners to chain dogs for up to eight hours. Senator John Hawkins is pushing for the bill. The Spartanburg Republican says Attorney General Henry McMaster should use existinganimal cruelty laws to crackdown on the practice until the bill passes.

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