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Charleston Animal Society fights Senate bill with a 'Ride for Animals'

If passed, the bill would limit animal shelters to only providing veterinary services for low-income pet owners. (Photo Source: WCSC) If passed, the bill would limit animal shelters to only providing veterinary services for low-income pet owners. (Photo Source: WCSC)
Officials with the Charleston Animal Society say there was standing room only at the Statehouse in Columbia for the vote on Senate bill 687 (Photo Source: Charleston Animal Society) Officials with the Charleston Animal Society say there was standing room only at the Statehouse in Columbia for the vote on Senate bill 687 (Photo Source: Charleston Animal Society)
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

The Charleston Animal Society fought a state Senate bill with a Ride for Animals Tuesday.   

The nonprofit's leaders and supporters are were at the state capital to show opposition for Senate Bill 687.

If passed, the bill would limit animal shelters to only providing veterinary services for low-income pet owners.

 Charleston Animal Society's CEO says the legislation would deny affordable veterinary care to hundreds of thousands of pet owners across the state.

"If this bill were to pass, we would not be able to help out veterans who have dogs for PTSD, we would not be able to help out the visually impaired with their seeing-eye dogs, we would not be able to help out social security recipients. only those folks that fall below the poverty line," says Joe Elmore, CEO of the Charleston Animal Society. 

 Elmore says the state government should not force pet owners to go to certain veterinarians; he says that should be a personal decision for owners.  

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