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Amnesty for Charleston Owners of Lost Dogs
1/20/2016 10:33:21 AM

Owners concerned about paying fines to retrieve their lost dogs are in luck – Charleston Animal Society is offering a “Get Home Free” card for all lost animals through February 1st.

Under a Charleston County ordinance, owners of lost animals pay fees ranging from $35 - $500 depending on individual situations. “Our main goal is to reunite these animals with their families. They miss them and want to be home,” said Charleston Animal Senior Director of Animal Services Pearl Sutton.

“We looked at our inventory and as of this past weekend, 78% of the dogs we are taking care of are simply lost,” said Charleston Animal Society Director of Community Engagement Kay Hyman, “we want to encourage people to come in and get reunited.”

Through February 1st, all lost dogs will be returned to their owners with no fines. However, under Charleston County ordinance, pets must be spayed or neutered before they’re given back, to protect the animal’s health and to keep them from running away in the future.

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