It's been just over 72 hours since this Examiner article reported the sad story of a Greenville County dog living in dire conditions. As of December 21, nothing has been done to help.
This pitiful boxer lives in the Judson area of Greenville County, where he's tethered with a chain 24/7 and has only a wire crate for to keep him warm and dry. Greenville County Animal Control was called, and paid a visit to the home on December 16, where they determined the dogs' owners have done nothing against the law.
The city of Greenville has an anti-tethering ordinance prohibited a dog from being tethered more than two hours in any 12 hour period. But Greenville County, where this dog is located and there's no such ordinance, the dog owners still have to follow South Carolina law § 47-1-10 that states the following on providing adequate shelter
(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.
Apparently Greenville County animal control doesn't see what the rest of us out there see. A dog with no rabies tag, for one. A dog who is forced to live with inadequate shelter in below freezing temperatures. The temperature dropped into the 20 degree range a few weeks ago.
There are torrential rains and thunderstorms called for tomorrow. This poor boxer will be exposed to cold and wind and rain. He probably wonders what he did wrong to deserve such a life. Yet those who should have done something left without enforcing this S.C. animal cruelty law that is very easy to understand.
How is it the people with animal control can live with themselves after making a determination such as this, saying this dog isn't in danger and no laws have been broken? Where do they see "adequate shelter," because it sure isn't next to the dog.
Animal advocated in the upstate realize this is the same animal control division that gave Roger Owens a "ticket" for dragging a dog named Andra Grace behind his pickup truck. It was only with intervention by social media demanding a thorough investigation that authorities finally upgraded charges.
Perhaps that's what needs to happen in the case of this neglected dog. Greenville County Animal Control has scheduled a follow-up visit in January. What are the odds that by this date the dog will be starved to death? Or frozen to death? Does animal control even care?
It appears that once again the animal lovers in the Greenville area must take up the fight to get this dog into better living conditions. There's something wrong when the citizens of a community have to remind those in authority what's legal and what's in violation of state law.
Those who have been following the story, now brought into the spotlight on Andra Grace's Facebook page, should contact those who can do something. Greenville County Animal Control, Greenville County Sheriff's Office, and the local news media all need to be made aware of this situation and how nothing is being done to rescue this animal who desperately needs help.
The dog doesn't necessarily have to be removed from the home. This could be a case where providing adequate shelter and a bit of animal care education may fix the issue. The Greenville City Police Department acted quickly last week with the hanging dog situation. Why won't the county take a cue from their actions and help this poor dog?
Greenville, you're once again in the spotlight in a bad way. Isn't it time to stand up for the animals in your jurisdiction and prevent this dog from becoming another statistic? Please keep in mind the "big guns" in news media are likely monitoring Greenville area since so many cases are coming out of the area.
CNN covered the case of the hanging dog whose photo went viral just last weekend. This isn't the image government should want portrayed of this area.
It would be a shame for yet another negative story to come out of Greenville so soon. The residents of your county are tired of living in the abuse hotspot capital of the United States, caused by either inadequate animal cruelty laws or the willingness to enforce laws already on the books.
Whoever can get this dog to safety, by whatever means necessary, should do something before it's too late.
Note: Image of home has been blurred because this needs to be handled legally. I've left the "shelters" clearly visible in the photo.