South Carolina Considers Requiring Registration for Un-Sterilized “Pit Bull Dogs”

South Carolina House Bill 4094 would require un-sterilized and un-microchipped dogs who display physical traits of an “American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier” to be registered with the local animal control authority by their guardians––who also may request testing to determine the dogs’ breed. Exemptions include dogs used for hunting and national shows. The bill directly states that the purpose is not to ban “pit bull” dogs, but rather to reduce both the number currently being euthanized in shelters and the frequency of bites by unaltered dogs.