Do the math: Has the Greenville, South Carolina shelter adopted out this dog too soon? Not exactly. She’s been “pre-adopted.”
The female, Animal ID 25058678 is believed by Greenville County Animal Care to be around two years old. She was placed in the lost and found album, which is a form of advertising for anyone in the community to check for a lost pet, as required by law.
What’s also required by law is a five-day hold on strays for the state of South Carolina § 47-3-60 (B)Disposition of quarantined or impounded animals reads
“(B) After any animal has been impounded for five days and is unclaimed by its owner, and after the animal shelter employees have made a good faith effort to contact the identified owner as required by Section 47-3-540, the animal shelter employees, unless the animal must be kept pending disposition of a criminal or civil trial involving the animal or unless a hearing on the disposition of the animal is held prior to the trial, may dispose of the animal by adoption or by euthanasia or the the animal may be turned over to any organization established for the purpose of caring for animals, such as the Humane Society.”
Part A states a reasonable effort must be made to contact the owner and can be read from the above link on SC Consolidated Animal Laws.
The first date of the five-day hold for her to be available will be March 6, 2015, if GCACS follows SC law. Will they?
This sweet little girl was “advertised” on February 28, the shelter was closed Sunday, and now we learn she’s already adopted and is awaiting pickup. Hopefully, she’ll be held until the five-day hold is up and the pre-adoptive pet parents can’t claim her until then.
A lot of shelters misinterpret the five-day rule as counting the day of intake and counting forward. This is false. The day of intake can’t be counted, and neither can day five.
Also, any days the shelter is closed to the public can’t be counted. This would put the first day this little girl should be available to the public as Friday.
Whoever this sweet baby belonged to is most likely going crazy trying to find their dog. Now she may be lost to them forever.
YOU can help by sharing this article with those in the Greenville, South Carolina area. We only have a few days left to find the owner, or she’s lost her original family forever.
Please note that pre-adoption is a good idea, as long as state law is followed and a good attempt is made to contact the owner.
Your comments are welcome.