Current Status Bill Number:
3447Ratification Number: 469Act Number: 382Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 19950201Primary Sponsor: SharpeAll Sponsors: SharpeDrafted Document Number: pfm\7121bdw.95Date Bill Passed both Bodies: 19960528Date of Last Amendment: 19960521Governor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: 19960604Subject: Dangerous animals
Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ _______________________________________ _______ ____________ ------ 19960613 Act No. A382 ------ 19960604 Signed by Governor ------ 19960530 Ratified R469 House 19960528 Concurred in Senate amendment, enrolled for ratification Senate 19960522 Read third time, returned to House with amendment Senate 19960521 Amended, read second time Senate 19960404 Committee report: Favorable with 01 SANR amendment Senate 19950228 Introduced, read first time, 01 SANR referred to Committee House 19950224 Read third time, sent to Senate House 19950223 Unanimous consent for third reading on the next Legislative day House 19950223 Read second time House 19950222 Committee report: Favorable 20 HANR House 19950201 Introduced, read first time, 20 HANR referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
(A382, R469, H3447)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTIONS 47-3-730 AND 47-3-760, BOTH AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE RESTRAINT OF DANGEROUS ANIMALS AND PENALTIES, SO AS TO REVISE THE REQUIREMENTS OF RESTRAINT, TO AUTHORIZE THE USE OF A SECURITY BOND IN THE REGISTRATION OF DANGEROUS ANIMALS, AND TO EXPAND OFFENSES TO WHICH PENALTIES APPLY; AND TO AMEND SECTION 47-3-750, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO SEIZURE AND IMPOUNDMENT OF DANGEROUS ANIMALS, SO AS TO AUTHORIZE VARIOUS ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICERS TO SEIZE AND IMPOUND SUCH ANIMALS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Restraint of dangerous animals
SECTION 1. Section 47-3-730 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 374 of 1992, is further amended to read:
"Section 47-3-730. No person owning or harboring or having the care of a dangerous animal may permit the animal to go beyond his premises unless the animal is safely restrained and the requirements of Section 47-3-760(E) are met."
Registration of dangerous animals
SECTION 2. Section 47-3-760(E) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 374 of 1992, is further amended to read:
"(E) A person owning a dangerous animal shall register the animal with the local law enforcement authority of the county in which the owner resides. The requirements of the registration must be determined by the county governing body. However, the registration application must be accompanied by proof of liability insurance or surety bond of at least fifty thousand dollars insuring or securing the owner for personal injuries inflicted by the dangerous animal. The county governing body shall provide to the owner registering the dangerous animal a metal license tag and a certificate. The metal license tag at all times must be attached to a collar or harness worn by the dangerous animal for which the certificate and tag have been issued."
Seizure and impoundment of dangerous animals
SECTION 3. Section 47-3-750 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 374 of 1992, is further amended to read:
"Section 47-3-750. (A) If a law enforcement agent, animal control officer, or animal control officer under contract with a county or municipal government to provide animal control services has probable cause to believe that a dangerous animal is being harbored or cared for in violation of Section 47-3-720 or 47-3-740 or 47-3-760(E), the agent or officer may petition the court having jurisdiction to order the seizure and impoundment of the dangerous animal while the trial is pending.
(B) If a law enforcement agent, animal control officer, or animal control officer under contract with a county or municipal government to provide animal control services has probable cause to believe that a dangerous animal is being harbored or housed in violation of Section 47-3-730, the agent or officer may seize and impound the dangerous animal while the trial is pending."
SECTION 4. Section 47-3-760(B) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 184 of 1993, is further amended to read:
"(B) A person who is the owner of a dangerous animal which attacks and injures a human being in violation of Section 47-3-710(A)(2)(a) or a person who violates Section 47-3-740:
(1) for a first offense, is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than five thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than three years;
(2) for a second or subsequent offense, is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than ten thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than five years."
SECTION 5. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Approved the 4th day of June, 1996.