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Pet Owner Responsibilities

May 09, 2023

Most owners are responsible pet owners and properly care for their pets consistently, however, from time to time the POA receives calls or emails from residents who are upset about owners that they feel are not caring for their pets responsibly. For pet owners – please give your attention to the remainder of this article.

  1. Pick up your pets’ waste:
    • When you fail to pick up your pet’s waste and/or leave it in a bag on the ground, others begin to think it is acceptable for them to do it as well, leading to an increasing number of forgotten dog bags decorating our trails, common areas and parks and giving dog owners a bad reputation.
    • There’s a simple fix though- take one of those bags you brought from home or use one that the POA has provided at their over 50 pet waste stations, grab the waste and pick all of it up. Next, throw it away at one of the waste station trash cans or take it back home, but please don’t leave the bags on the ground.
    • Left pet waste presents health and safety issues, and is a violation of the CC&Rs of Daniel Island as well as the City of Charleston ordinances.
  2. Make sure your pet is leashed at all times when not on your property:
    • Pets off leash are illegal and not allowed on Daniel Island per our governing documents as well as City of Charleston Ordinances. Violators could face a stiff fine or be held personally liable if someone or their pet were to get hurt by an incident or attack.
    • Please remember, if you are charged at or attacked by a pet that is either on a leash or off, please report the incident immediately, following the protocols HERE.
  3. Be aware of your surroundings:
    • Not all pets have the natural instinct that tells them when not to eat something they shouldn’t. Be aware of your surroundings both on and off your property and watch your pet to ensure they do not eat something that could be potentially harmful to them.
    • If you believe that your pet is ill or may have ingested a poisonous substance, contact your local veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number at 1-888-426-4435. The ASPCA has also comprised a list of toxic and non-toxic plants HERE for you to educate yourself for the safety of your pets.

Please care enough about your neighbors, your community, and your pets to prevent these discourteous habits or potentially harmful situations.

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