Current Status Bill Number:
275Ratification Number: 285Act Number: 271Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: SenateIntroduced Date: 19970130Primary Sponsor: LeventisAll Sponsors: Leventis, Ryberg, McConnell, Land, McGill, Jackson, Russell, Courson, Glover, O'Dell, Ravenel, Moore, Gregory, Reese, Thomas, Waldrep, Rose, Hutto and PassailaigueDrafted Document Number: bbm\9073jm.97Companion Bill Number: 3125Date Bill Passed both Bodies: 19980320Date of Last Amendment: 19970312Governor's Action: U Became law without signature of GovernorDate of Governor's Action: 19980408Subject: Dogs and cats, sterilization of; Animals
Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ _______________________________________ _______ ____________ ------ 19980423 Act No. A271 ------ 19980408 Unsigned, became law without signature of Governor ------ 19980401 Ratified R285 House 19980320 Read third time, enrolled for ratification House 19980319 Read second time, unanimous consent for third reading on Friday, 19980320 House 19980318 Committee report: Favorable 20 HANR House 19970318 Introduced, read first time, 20 HANR referred to Committee Senate 19970313 Read third time, sent to House Senate 19970312 Read second time Senate 19970312 Committee amendment adopted Senate 19970311 Committee report: Favorable with 01 SANR amendment Senate 19970130 Introduced, read first time, 01 SANR referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
(A271, R285, S275)
AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING ARTICLE 8 TO CHAPTER 3, TITLE 47, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR THE STERILIZATION OF DOGS AND CATS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Sterilization of dogs and cats
SECTION 1. Chapter 3, Title 47 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
Section 47-3-470. As used in this article:
(1) 'Animal Shelter' means:
(a) a facility operated by or under contract for the State or a county, a municipal corporation, or other political subdivision of the State for the purpose of impounding or harboring seized, stray, homeless, abandoned, or unwanted dogs, cats, and other animals;
(b) a veterinary hospital or clinic operated by a veterinarian or veterinarians which operates for the purpose set forth in subitem (a) in addition to its customary purposes;
(c) a facility operated, owned, or maintained by an incorporated humane society, animal welfare society, or other nonprofit organization for the purpose of providing for and promoting the welfare, protection, and humane treatment of animals.
(2) 'Humane society' means an unincorporated nonprofit organization existing for the purpose of prevention of cruelty to animals.
(3) 'Public or private animal refuge' means harborers of unwanted animals of any breed, including crossbreeds, who provide food, shelter, and confinement for a group of dogs, a group of cats, or a combination of dogs and cats.
(4) 'Sexually mature animal' means a dog or cat that has reached the age of one hundred eighty days or six months or more.
(5) 'Sterilization' means the surgical removal of the reproductive organs of a dog or cat in order to render the animal unable to reproduce.
Section 47-3-480. (A) A public or private animal shelter, animal control agency operated by a political subdivision of this State, humane society, or public or private animal refuge shall make provisions for the sterilization of all dogs or cats acquired from the shelter, agency, society, or refuge by:
(1) providing sterilization by a licensed veterinarian before relinquishing custody of the animal; or
(2) entering into a written agreement with the person acquiring the animal guaranteeing that sterilization will be performed by a licensed veterinarian within thirty days after acquisition of a sexually mature animal or no later than six months of age except upon a written statement issued by a licensed veterinarian stating that such surgery would threaten the life of the animal.
(B) This section does not apply to a privately owned animal which the shelter, agency, society, or refuge may have in its possession for any reason if the owner of the animal claims or presents evidence that the animal is his property.
(C) All costs of sterilization pursuant to this section are the responsibility of the person acquiring the animal and, if performed before acquisition, may be included in the fees charged by the shelter, agency, society, or refuge for the animal.
(D) A person acquiring an animal from a shelter, an agency, a society, or a refuge which is not sterile at the time of acquisition shall submit to the shelter, agency, society, or refuge a signed statement from the licensed veterinarian performing the sterilization required by subsection (A) within seven days after sterilization attesting that the sterilization has been performed.
Section 47-3-490. A person who fails to comply with Section 47-3-480(A)(2) or 47-3-480(D) must forfeit ownership of the dog(s) or cat(s) acquired from the shelter, agency, society, or refuge which adopted the animal to the owner. In addition to forfeiting ownership, the person who acquired the animal must pay to the shelter, agency, society, or refuge the sum of $200.00 as liquidated damages. Such remedies shall be in addition to any other legal or equitable remedies as may be available to the shelter, agency, society, or refuge for breach of the written agreement as provided for in Section 47-3-480(A)(2) or failure to comply with Section 47-3-480(D).
Section 47-3-500. This article does not prohibit the adoption by a political subdivision of this State of shelter policies which are more stringent than the requirements of this article.
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Became law without the signature of the Governor -- 04/08/98.