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.