On the heels of the “budgetary” dismissals of the Chesterfield Co ACOs comes word that the SC Attorney General has signed a settlement with the county regarding the allegations of torture and killings in and outside of the pound. You can read the officially useless document here. Here’s my unofficial summary:
Don’t shoot dogs again. Well, ok you can shoot dogs again but if you do, you’ll need to let us know about it directly. Also, your pound is subject to random inspections by DHEC and the “Humane Society”.
DHEC (Department of Health and Environmental Control) is the SC state agency responsible for regulation of various health related matters (like permits for serving food to the public and such). They don’t regulate animal shelters as far as I know. I can not imagine Chesterfield Co is too worried about any surprise inspections from DHEC.
The “Humane Society” – I don’t even know what entity the name refers to so can’t really comment on the possibility of surprise inspections except to say there is no “Humane Society” I know of that would have any authority to do a damn thing about anything going on in the Chesterfield pound.
All in all, a pretty clear message to animal abusers in SC: Come on down, it’s anything goes here, especially if you get on the county payroll. The worst case scenario if you get caught is 5 months paid vacation, courtesy of taxpayers.