If you know me, you know that I am an animal lover. I have either owned or cared for dogs, cats, horses, cows & sheep. If there's one thing I've noticed about every animal is that they all have personalities. Once you spend enough time with them you'll learn this. And that's why it breaks my heart when I read articles in the paper about animal abuse and in this case chaining dogs & dog fighting.
On August 18th, the York County Council is holding a meeting at 6:00PM in the Agricultural Building at; 6 South Congress Street, York, SC regarding the outlawing of tethering dogs in York County. This comes on the heels of an issue that arose in Rock Hill where a man whose 13 pit bulls were seized by authorities because of a tip about a possible dogfighting ring. The man eventually got custody of his dogs back but officers will be allowed to check on him to ensure that he will be caring for them properly. I certainly hope they do this. I found it quite strange that the quote in the paper said that the man "does appear to love his animals," because they "were in states of being taken care of." That seemed rather naive to me. Anyone who owns a fighting dog is going to have it in some "state of being taken care of" whether they love it or not because in order for the dog to be successful i.e, win fights & make money, it must be taken care of.
Hopefully this meeting will result in some changes in the laws overseeing the care of dogs in York County. I don't understand how in this day and age with all of the news surrounding the likes of Michael Vick, our lovely county has virtually no restrictions or guidelines to safeguard these sweet animals and prevent their abuse.