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Spartanburg Humane Society violating law on strays

Sep 7, 2011 7:17:00 AM - thestate.com
The president of the Spartanburg Humane Society says the shelter has changed policy on euthanizing stray animals to obey state law.

The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reports ( http://bit.ly/qTHg6P) the society's three-day hold policy violated state law that requires shelters to keep animals for five days before euthanizing them.

The attorney general's office issued an opinion last week that Spartanburg County's local law on euthanizing animals is invalid because state law trumps it.

Spartanburg Humane Society president Sandy Christiansen says the three-day policy was in place before he arrived six years ago. Christiansen says the society has changed its policy and will meet with county officials on increasing the facility's capacity.

The society has 355 kennels for dogs and cats. Christiansen says the change will be expensive.

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