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Dog at risk of freezing, local police allegedly reports shelter is "acceptable"

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According to Freedom Fences "The dog that we posted from the City of Williamson has been taken into the building tonight in the picture, according to the person that alerted us."

This issue will be taken up with the city of Williamston, since they don't follow the laws for the county of Anderson.

The following is an emergency post on Facebook: Freedom Fences page on January 21.

This is a dog, who lives somewhere within the city limits of Williamston, SC. A complaint was called in by a concerned citizen, due to the temperature will be dropping below 20 degrees tonight, with wind chills dropping below zero in many areas.

Someone with Freedom Fences contacted the Williamston Police Department, and that person was told the situation would be investigated. A short time later it was reported that this IS considered adequate shelter for a dog on a night when Arctic air is once again blowing into the upstate.

Take a good look at the photo. Does anyone see a dog bowl? A water bowl? According to South Carolina law, this situation would classify as animal cruelty under 47-1-10

(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.

Listed below is contact information for both the Williamston Police Department, as well as the Anderson County Sheriff's Office. Please feel free to contact them with your concerns.

Williamston Police Dept. -
(864) 847-7425
Anderson County Sheriff's Dept.-
(864) 260-4400
(864) 260-4421

This is entirely unacceptable, where animal advocates continuously have to do the job assigned to local municipalities.

I would like to add this is one story that's ongoing, meaning the local police hasn't had a chance to defend their actions for this article. Hopefully if these charges are true, they'll return to the scene and rescue this dog, before it's too late.



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