During the coldest months of the year, many animals need help staying warm and healthy.
The Oconee County Sheriff's Office is taking this need very seriously. Lt. Mark Lyles and his crew work to make sure pets stay safe and warm by checking in on pets and their owners in Seneca.
"With the winter months coming on, making sure they have dog houses, rabies shots, dogs are vaccinated," said Lyles. "We're just working with people of Oconee County."
This will be Lyles' third round of checks for the month of December, and the goal is to reach 50 pet owners or more. The main purpose is to educate, not to bust pet owners.
The Oconee County Sheriff's Office wants people to understand that rabies vaccinations are a requirement, spaying and neutering is best and pets need a warm shelter in the winter.
Many Seneca residents are also behind these checks.
"It's a good, especially because there's animals being neglected," said Bobby and Mary Owens, Seneca residents. "Behind me there was a guy who had a dog back there, a pit, you ought to have seen that. Dog was real bad."
As they made their way through Seneca, the crew made plenty of contacts and spread the word on proper pet care. Along the way, they found some puppies who needed to be placed in a good home. The owner surrendered them voluntarily.
"Yeah, he didn't want the puppies, he was keeping it for someone whose house burned down and she came in pregnant," said Nicole Hubbard with the Oconee County Animal Control.
These puppies are on their way to the Greenville Humane Society, and hopefully they will find a warm and cozy home for Christmas. Many pet owners in Oconee County are better educated after Thursday on how to help their pets feel warm, secure and happy this holiday season.
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