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Dog living on a chain with inadequate shelter in the Judson area of Greenville

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This sweet boxer in Greenville needs your help in saving him from the cruelty of being a tethered dog, Facebook reported December 17.

According to the Facebook post, this sweet boxer is living with inadequate shelter in the Judson area of Greenville. It's tied to a chain and left there, day in and day out, and in freezing temperatures. It has only a wire cage for its shelter from the elements and the cold.

Greenville Animal Control was allegedly called to the residence on December 16, 2013. It was reported this dog didn't have proper shelter, nor did it or the other dog on the property have rabies tags. Animal Control has scheduled a follow-up visit on January 9, 2013. Which means this poor baby has three more weeks to live in the cold and the damp.

Even when Animal Control pays a follow-up to the home, there's no guarantee that anything will be done.

On November 26, 2012, the City Council approved changes to Section 4-5 of the Municipal Code. The changes dramatically change how and when you can tether an animal outside. An animal can only be tethered for two hours in any 24 hour period. It must be provided shelter that includes a roof and three sides.

Unfortunately, Greenville County still allows tethering. This means it's legal for the owner to chain his dog outside as often and for as long as the owner wants. This dogs owner is in violation of proper sheltering for his dog, and for not having a current rabies tag.

Liz VanDahn commented on this situation on Facebook saying

"Until people are held accountable for their actions and responsible for their animals, we will continue to see acts of abuse, we will continue to have a severe overpopulation problem, and our shelters will remain overcrowded and overwhelmed."

I ask everyone to please share this story and please email Greenville County officials and let them know that allowing this to continue is not acceptable. Animal abuse and neglect in any form will no longer be tolerated in South Carolina.

Email Joseph Kernell, Greenville County Administrator, and tell him how you feel about this situation. It appears more laws than the tethering and rabies tag have been broken here. Animal cruelty and neglect should also be addressed. Now. Not in January, when it may be too late.

The Greenville community has done a fantastic job this year in being a voice for the abandoned and abused animals in the upstate. Let's take a stand right now and tell the leaders of Greenville we refuse to turn a blind eye on abuse any longer. Enough is enough.

Would someone please go and save this poor dog, before it's too late.



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