I am a proud, lifelong resident of the state of South Carolina. Sadly, many dog families who live here do not know the South Carolina dog registration laws.
For starters, don’t let your dogs run loose off your property. Roaming dogs (yes, that includes letting them wander into your neighbor’s yard), car-chasing dogs, trash can diggers and even dogs who bark nonstop are all considered a menace.
Allowing this behavior can not only mark you as being irresponsible — it can also cost you $50 or more in fines.
Registration for Your Dog
According to the South Carolina Consolidated Dog Laws, your dog does not have to be registered with the state.
Keep in mind, though, that a good point in having your pet state registered is that if your pet is ever lost or stolen, the registration could prove helpful in finding him.
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For a small fee, which is determined by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, your dog can be registered. The fee will be no more than $5. Your pet’s registration number can be tattooed on any visible part of his body. The SCDNR will keep records of your name and address.
County and City Regulations Vary
On the flip side of the South Carolina dog registration laws, individual county and city rules should be followed. Check with your own local regulations, but listed below are just a few of the county/city ordinances for my home state:
- In Sumter County, where I live, there is no law requiring your dogs to be registered. (My husband and I have chosen not to have our chihuahua, Angel, registered simply because she is an inside dog. She is never outside without our supervision.)
- Richland County pet families must have any dog more than 6 months old vaccinated against rabies. They must also purchase a pet tag from Richland County Animal Care. It is their responsibility to keep vaccines and tags current. The tag will let an animal care officer know that this pet belongs to someone in case the pet is lost.
- Columbia requires registration of both dogs and cats. Failure to register could result in jail time or a $200 fine.
- In Myrtle Beach, a big tourist attraction in South Carolina, residents’ dogs must be registered yearly. The proceeds benefit the Grand Strand Humane Society. Dogs that live in this city must wear a tag on their collar.
- Simpsonville requires dog registration.
- Aiken requires dog and cat licenses, which are significantly less expensive if your pet has been spayed or neutered.
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Know the Rules, Follow Them
Pet dogs can get away from us in an instant. As we know, no matter how careful we are, pretty much anything can happen. So please study the rules of your state, city and county to ensure your dog stays safe.
Check out the story of a dog from South Carolina that nursed a baby kitten in this video:
Follow all mandated laws (which change from time to time), and weigh the pros and cons if you have a choice on registering your faithful friend.