Update #7 ·

I have listed just three areas I find impossible to implement within this bill. There is a council meeting sometime in January, 2014 and I will give you an update then. Thanks for supporting this cause.

47-3-35(C)A licensed veterinarian must meet with the pet owner at the animal shelter and examine the pet before the owner takes possession of the pet from an animal shelter. If a licensed veterinarian is not available at the time the owner takes possession, then the pet owner must document with the animal shelter within seventy-two hours that the pet owner has met with a licensed veterinarian and had the adopted pet examined. implementtohich I have questions on how they plan requirements still in HB 3492 with wHere are three

Question:  How will this be implemented?  How can this be enforced?  How can shelter personnel force anyone to take an adopted animal to a licensed veterinarian? 

47-3-37(A)

Grant funds may not be used to operate spay and/or neuter clinics, but may only be used for animals that are owned or in possession, custody, or control of the licensed municipal animal shelter and/or licensed nonprofit animal rescue. (B)When animal shelters receive grant funds that in part or whole include public money to assist with sterilization procedures on animals that are owned or in possession, custody, or control of the municipal animal shelter or nonprofit animal rescue and are to be adopted by private owners, the grant funds may only be used for sterilization surgery. Grant funds may not be used for capital or administrative expenses or for procedures not directly related to sterilization surgery, including promotions, vaccinations, testing, licensing, food, medicine, and/or other medical procedures.

Comment:  The grant is awarded with the conditions set by the grantor.  The terms of the grant cannot deviate from the requirements set forth, or the grant will be terminated.  Some spay/neuter grants involve testing for diseases and allow vaccinations to the animals.

A portion of the grant funds not to exceed fifteen percent may be used to address immediate or emergency medical needs of the animal. (C)

Comment:  The grant is awarded with the conditions set by the grantor.  The terms of the grant cannot deviate from the requirements set forth, or the grant will be terminated. 47-3-90 'Mobile veterinary practice' means any form of clinical veterinary practice that may be transported or moved from one location to another for delivery of services. Each practice must have an affiliation agreement with a local general service veterinary facility within twenty miles of each location in which the mobile veterinary practice locates. The contact information of the affiliated facility must be posted at the mobile location and be included in the paperwork given to the pet owner documenting the services rendered.

Comment:  When serving rural areas, there may be no veterinarians within a twenty mile radius.   Mobile clinics are routinely used throughout the United States, especially for spay/neuter clinics.  Does that mean rural areas in South Carolina will not receive veterinary care like the rest of the United States?

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