Animal advocates in one upstate community are serious about bringing change to the way those guilty of animal cruelty are currently handled under South Carolina law.
Travis Garner, along with other advocates, are trying to bring change for animal welfare in Pickens County. Team Pickens County met February 28 with South Carolina lawmakers on Humane Lobby Day to discuss what needs to be done to toughen animal laws in the state.
Humane Lobby Day was only the beginning, and Travis and his team are asking for assistance with changing the way Pickens County Animal Control maintains operation with animals. The group is also addressing animal cruelty enforcement within Pickens County.
A number of people are upset that animal cruelty complaints are not dealt within a timely and effective manner. Some people are also hesitant to report such cruelty for fear of retaliation from the abuser. Team Pickens County is in great need of official backing with their cause.
Travis has contacted Pickens County Council, the SC Bar Animal Law Committee and is awaiting their reply. Travis stated one of the purposes of Team Pickens
"Please help us "fix" this problem that I and others share within our community. Due diligence is needed for Pickens county and Animal Control, so that our county is ethically brought into 21st century standards for animal welfare."
Photo provided for this article shows Team Pickens County on Humane Lobby Day 2014 — with AlanCraig White Wolf Hudgens, Representative Phillip Owens, Larry A. Martin, Representative David Hiott, Kim Jackson, Jeff Jackson and Malissa Taylor inEasley, SC.