Bluffton woman fighting pit bull spay/neuter ordinance

Bluffton woman fighting pit bull spay/neuter ordinance

BLUFFTON, SC (WTOC) - A Bluffton woman is fighting a mandate that would require her to get her dog spayed.

Beaufort County Council adopted the ordinance in October that requires pit bulls and pit mixes to be spayed and neutered.

Gabby Gonzalez says a stranger picked her dog up last week and took her to the pound - she was slapped with a $300 fine – and told she had to get her dog, Kyra, spayed within 30 days.

"She is a registered show dog as an American Bully. She's a purebred American Bully. You can't just say she's a pit bull," said Gonzalez.

According to the Beaufort County Animal Services, Kyra falls under the ordinance's definition of pit bull. Gonzalez says the mandate is unfair to residents.

"The way the ordinance was written was to their benefit. They can twist the words and bend them how they please and that's not correct, that's not the way an ordinance should be written," said Gonzalez.

Gonzalez was sent to magistrate court to file an appeal.

"I filed an appeal to find out jurisdiction in this case because I don't believe the magistrate court is the appropriate place appeal this," said Gonzalez.

Gonzalez says she is looking for an attorney to help fight the ordinance. She says if it's overturned, it would be a win for the entire dog community.

Gonzalez's court date has not been set.

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