Clemson rep introduces new animal cruelty bill

Legislation would stiffen penalties on pet abusers

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

CLEMSON — A bill introduced by State Rep. Jerry Carter of Clemson and co-sponsored by six fellow legislators — including State Rep. Bill Sandifer of Seneca and State Rep. Bill Whitmire of Walhalla — is designed to put more teeth into punishing people who abuse their pets.

House Bill 4981, which sits in the House Judiciary Committee, would require a pet owner “to pay all reasonable costs incurred related to the conviction and to prohibit a person convicted of a subsequent offense of cruelty to animals from

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