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State Pet Shop Laws: South Carolina

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Definitions:

  • 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)

Vet Care:

  • N/A

Housing:

  • N/A

Lemon Laws:

  • 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:

  • N/A

Sanitary Conditions:

  • N/A

Unweaned Animals:

  • N/A

Miscellaneous Provisions:

  • License not required for retail pet stores.

Notes:

  1. Where “adequate space” is not defined the state has not established a definition for the term.
  2. 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.

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