State Pet Shop Laws: South Carolina
- Animal [see below for implied definition].
- Pet dealer: a person engaged in the ordinary course of business and sale to the public for profit of a companion animal described as being registered or being capable of being registered with an animal pedigree organization. (S.C. CODE ANN. § 47-13-160)
- Pet shop: an establishment where companion animals are bought, sold, exchanged, or offered for sale or exchanged to the public. (S.C. CODE ANN. § 47-13-160)
- Pet dealers and pet shops must give a written info sheet to purchasers of registered cats and dogs at the time of sale. The sheet must state the vaccination history and consumers’ remedies. (S.C. CODE ANN. § 47-13-160)
- Retailers that sell ferrets must post a notice warning of ferrets’ propensity to bite. (S.C. CODE ANN. § 47-5-50)
- Anyone selling a ferret must give an info sheet to the buyer warning of ferrets’ propensity to bite. (S.C. CODE ANN. § 47-5-50)
- Lemon law that offers recourse to those who purchase sick or diseased animals from pet shops. [See S.C. CODE ANN. § 47-13-160 for consumer remedies for the purchase of an ill or diseased animal.]
Food and Water:
- License not required for retail pet stores.
- Where “adequate space” is not defined the state has not established a definition for the term.
- The definition of “animal” may actually be broadly written while the types of animals covered by the law (e.g., veterinary care, sanitation, food and water) may be more narrowly drafted.