12 On Your Side: SC pet owners push for 'Izzy's Law'

By: Elizabeth Owens Email
By: Elizabeth Owens Email

Friday, May 18, 2012

AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. -- Karen Green is passionate about her pets, which is why Izzy's story hits close to her heart.

"She just didn't deserve that," Green said.

Izzy's owners boarded her at the Cat's Meow in Edgefield County during Masters week. It wasn't until they came home a week later that they learned Izzy did not adjust well to her new surroundings and had run away.

The owner of the Cat's Meow never called to tell them. Days later, they found their beagle mix dead in the road.

"It concerns me a lot. I really want to see that our animals are taken care of when we drop them off. We expect them to be taken care of. We want that," Green said.

Green became even more alarmed after she watched News 12 On Your Side and learned there are no kennel regulations in South Carolina.

"We figured out there are no regulations here. There are plenty in other states but not in South Carolina," she said.

South Carolina is one of 15 states that doesn't regulate kennels.

Green recently began working with other pet owners, including Izzy's owner, to create "Izzy's Law."

"It would protect every animal that's ever boarded in the state of South Carolina," she said.

The group "Pass Izzy's Law" began a letter writing campaign to state lawmakers. They also started a Facebook page to create awareness.

Suzanne Fowley still misses her dog Izzy but says she hopes her death was not in vain.

"It's a good way to use my energy in something positive to help other dogs and dog owners in the future," she said.

The pet owners behind "Izzy's Law" have already talked Rep. Bill Hixon. He's asked them to gather support and information so he can present a bill next legislative session.


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