South Carolina bill would ban animal cruelty offenders from adopting pets for five years

South Carolina bill would ban animal cruelty offenders from adopting pets for five years

[Ed. – It’s the least they can do.]

Lawmakers are proposing multiple bills to make sure repeat animal cruelty offenders in the Palmetto State are not able to adopt pets.

One proposed bill states offenders would have to wait up to five years to adopt again, another would prevent them from adopting a furry friend ever again.

Former York County Sheriff and current state representative, Bruce Bryant, who sponsored the former proposed bill, said he’s a pet owner who understands the need for laws to protect pets.

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He said the relaxed laws South Carolina has regarding animal cruelty are what motivated him to sign on to the bill’s committee.

“Personally I can’t see anything that would be negative about it, because anybody that loves animals will want to do what’s right for the animals. When I started crying about it, somebody else had already filed a bill and I said, ‘well just put me on it,'” Bryant said.

It was introduced on Jan. 22 and is currently in a committee.

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