SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) — Surfside Beach leaders have suspended the city’s dog license ordinance.
The ordinance states that any dog — local or visiting — unregistered in the town of Surfside Beach can be turned over to a local shelter or animal control.
The current registration fee is $10.
The Surfside Beach City Council says vital information, such as rabies shots and evidence of other vaccinations, is not recorded or transferred to local authorities. For this reason, the board unanimously decided to suspend the order.
Local dog owners agree the current ordinance doesn’t make sense.
“I think it’s a bit ridiculous, especially for visitors, because if they come here and have their dog taken away for something they may not know, and trying to come back on vacation could ruin that “, said a resident.
Another frequent neighbor of the dog park also expressed concern about visitors.
“It’s nothing but hardship for visitors,” added a local dog owner. “It might be a little easier for the locals, but the visitors, they don’t even know the rules. So, I’m not saying I don’t agree, but I don’t think it’s a good idea.
The current suspended order is just one of the few concerns of city leaders. Other concerns are recent fireworks and right-of-way ordinances. Councilman Michael Drake believes they are not done with improving ordinances for the community.
“Each of these prescriptions needs to be reviewed,” Drake said. “And to make sure we’re in compliance with the state so that we can’t ignore state law and we can’t ignore federal law, so we have to make sure we’re in compliance.”
Anyone who has purchased a registration certificate can be reimbursed.
The dog licensing ordinance will remain suspended until the city council can rework it.
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