Full Statute Name: Code of Laws of South Carolina 1976 Annotated. Title 47. Animals, Livestock and Poultry. Chapter 3. Dogs and Other Domestic Pets. Article 9. Registration of Dogs. § 47-3-540. Destruction of identifiable dog by animal control officer; prior notification of owner.
Primary Citation: Code 1976 § 47-3-540Country of Origin: United StatesLast Checked: January, 2022Alternate Citation: SC ST § 47-3-540Date Adopted: 1984Historical:
This South Carolina statute provides that animal control officers must not destroy any positively identifiable dog until they have notified the owner at his or her last known address by registered mail that they have the dog in their possession. The owner then has two weeks to reclaim his or her dog, after which the animal may be destroyed.
Animal control officers must not destroy any positively identifiable dog until they have notified the owner at his last known address by registered mail that they have the dog in their possession. The owner must notify the animal control officer within two weeks that he will pick up his dog. If the owner does not pick up his dog within two weeks of notification to the animal control officer, the dog may be destroyed. Reasonable costs associated with the above extended holding period, including cost of mailing the required notice, must be paid before the dog is returned to its owner, or the owner's designee, in addition to any other established costs, fines, fees, or other charges.