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Greenville Co. Council approves 2nd reading on dog shelter ordinance; moves to 3rd reading

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Public hearing for Greenville County animal ordinance (Mar. 6, 2018/FOX Carolina) Public hearing for Greenville County animal ordinance (Mar. 6, 2018/FOX Carolina)
Public hearing for Greenville County animal ordinance (Mar. 6, 2018/FOX Carolina) Public hearing for Greenville County animal ordinance (Mar. 6, 2018/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The crowd that turned out for Tuesday's Greenville County Council meeting was so large, officials had to open the doors due to overcapacity.

The first item on the agenda after the proclamation was a public hearing regarding a proposed ordinance which would require adequate shelter to be provided for outdoor pets.

The ordinance seeks to amend Greenville County animal cruelty laws by adding a provision requiring adequate shelter for animals. Adequate shelter for a dog is defined in the ordinance as reasonable protection from weather exposure. The structure would be required to be a moistureproof and windproof shelter with insulation such as hay, straw or blankets to protect against cold.

One supporter called it a "humane, common sense ordinance." A large crowd in favor of the ordinance attended the meeting wearing red and holding signs.

An attendee who opposed the ordinance, however, was against further government regulation and voiced the ordinance was not needed.

The second reading of the ordinance was held by council later in the meeting.

At the conclusion of the meeting, 10 council members voted in favor of the ordinance and 2 voted against, and it was approved. The council then voted on and approved a third reading.

The second reading was going to be the last, but the council decided there needed to be further conversation. The date of the next reading has not been announced.

View LIVE coverage from Tuesday's meeting here: https://www.facebook.com/foxcarolinanews/videos/10156227371339166/

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