MYRTLE BEACH — Owners whose lost pets are recovered by the Grand Strand Humane Society soon will have to pay a lower fee in order to get their animals back.
Sandy Brown with the humane society told Myrtle Beach City Council Sept. 10 that the fees, which could run up to $150, deter owners from claiming their pets.
“It costs them less to readopt their dog than it did to pay all the fees,” she said.
The council approved second reading of an ordinance Tuesday thats allow the humane society to negotiate a boarding fee of no more than $10 per day in addition to fees for vaccines. Every animal is vaccinated when it is taken to the shelter, Brown said.
She also said the high fees contribute to overcrowding at the facility, where the society’s website says the shelter is providing care for 300 animals, though capacity allows for housing 167.
Contact MAYA T. PRABHU at 444-1722 or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_MPrabhu.