Pet Ownership
 
The CPCSA office has been receiving more complaints about pets than usual.
Please review the information below for answers to your questions.


 If you lose or find a pet:

Please contact the CPCSA office. If you can, email a photo of the animal with all relevant information to:
Alyssa at communications@crowfieldhoa.net
We will send an email to the community in hopes to find your furry companion or to return he/she to their rightful owner.
If you do not feel comfortable approaching a found pet, or it appears to be unfriendly, ferocious, or diseased, please contact the City of Goose Creek Animal Control at 843-863-5200 Ext. 2318 or 843-572-4300.

 Crowfield Plantation Covenants:

    Animals. No animals, reptiles, rodents, birds, fish, livestock or poultry shall be raised, bred, or maintained on any Lot, except that customary household pets such as domestic dogs, cats, fish and birds, gerbils and hamsters, inside cages, may be kept as household pets within any structure upon a Lot, provided they are not kept, bred, raised therein for commercial purposes, or in unreasonable quantities. As used in these Covenants, "unreasonable quantities" shall be deemed to limit the total number of all adult dogs and cats to two (2) per lot. All pet's must be under the control of a responsible person and obedient to that person's command at any time they are permitted outside a house or other dwelling or enclosed area. Unsupervised animals are subject to being picked up by the City of Goose Creek Animal Control in accordance with the city's leash law. 
 
City of Goose Creek:

"MAXIMUM NUMBER OF DOGS AND/OR CATS ALLOWED PER RESIDENCE.
    (A)   A total of three dogs and/or cats may be kept or harbored at any residence without a permit. Up to six dogs and/or cats may be kept or harbored at any residence, provided the owner of the residence obtains a permit from the city for the additional dogs and/or cats over three. The permit fee, for each additional dog and/or cat, shall be $25 annually. A permit, issued pursuant to the provisions of this section, is issued on a conditional basis and may be revoked upon conviction of a public nuisance offense as set out in § 90.05.
    (B)   A person whose conditional permit is revoked shall reduce the number of dogs and/or cats kept or harbored at a residence to no more than three dogs and/or cats, and the person will be denied the right to reapply for a conditional permit for a period of two years from the time of revocation. The Animal Control Officers of the city shall have the authority to revoke a conditional permit as provided in this section, however, any person aggrieved by this provision shall have the right to appeal the revocation to the City Administrator whose decision shall be final.
    (C)   A person cited for having more than three dogs and/or cats that are not permitted will be denied the opportunity to obtain a permit when, in the opinion of the Animal Control Officer, the failure to obtain a permit was willful. Upon such a determination by the Animal Control Officer, the person shall be required to reduce the number of dogs and/or cats kept or harbored to no more than three dogs and/or cats, and the person shall be denied the right to apply for a conditional permit for a period of two years.

RESTRAINT.
     (A)   It shall be unlawful for any owner or custodian of any animal to permit the same to run-at-large at any time within the city. All animals shall be secured by a leash or lead under the control of a responsible person and obedient to that person's commands when the animal(s) are off or removed from the real or personal property limits of its owner.
     (B)   No domestic animal shall be permitted to be on school grounds, in a shopping area or similar public place unless on a leash at all times.
     (C)   The owner shall confine, within a building or secure enclosure, every vicious animal and shall not take the animal out of the building or enclosure unless the animal is securely muzzled and under restraint.
     (D)   No person shall fail to exercise proper care and control of the person's animals to prevent them from becoming a public nuisance.
     (E)   Every female pet in heat shall be confined in a building or secure enclosure in such manner that the pet does not create a nuisance by attracting other pets. This shall not be construed so as to prevent contact with other pets for the purpose of planned breeding.

NUISANCE; ANIMAL(S).
      (A)   It shall be unlawful for any person to own, keep, possess or maintain an animal in such a manner as to constitute or allow it to become a public nuisance.
      (B)   In addition, the following acts or actions by an owner of any animal are hereby declared to be a public nuisance under this section and to be unlawful:
      (1)   Failure to exercise sufficient restraint necessary to control an animal as required by the provisions of this chapter;
      (2)   Allowing or permitting an animal to damage the property of anyone other than its owner, including, but not limited to, turning over garbage containers or damaging vegetation;
      (3)   Maintaining a vicious animal;
      (4)   Maintaining animals in unsanitary conditions which are dangerous to the animal or the public health, welfare or safety;
      (5)   Maintaining his or her premises or other property in a manner that is offensive, annoying or dangerous to the health, safety or welfare of the public because of the number, density or location of the animals on the owner's premises or other property (see § 137.03(I));
      (6)   Allowing or permitting an animal to bark, whine, howl or yowl, in an excessive, continuous or untimely fashion, or make other noise in such a manner so as to result in a serious annoyance or interference with the reasonable use and enjoyment of adjoining or nearby properties;
      (7)   Keeping an animal that is diseased and dangerous to public health;
      (8)   Keeping an animal that habitually or repeatedly chases, snaps at, attacks or barks at pedestrians, bicycles or vehicles; and
      (9)   Failing to confine or control a female pet in heat in such a manner as not to create a nuisance by attracting other animals.

 REMOVAL OF DOG AND CAT EXCREMENT REQUIRED; EXCEPTIONS.
   It shall be unlawful for any person owning, keeping or having custody or control of a dog or cat to fail to remove immediately the dog/cat's excrement from any public or private property other than property owned or occupied by the person owning, keeping or having custody or control of the dog or cat. The provisions of this section shall not apply to seeing-eye dogs used by blind persons or to dogs used by police officers for law enforcement or tracking purposes."

For more City of Goose Creek Information regarding pets, please CLICK HERE.
 Other Tips:

When letting your pet go into a fenced yard, be sure that gates and entry ways are properly closed. Also, check for broken or missing fence periodically. 

Be sure to teach your pet basic voice commands in case of situations where he or she may break loose from a leash or escape an enclosed area. Please keep collars and tags on pets. It truly helps them to be returned.

Cats tend to escape during your entry and exit of your home more quietly. Consider placing a bell on its collar.

Not only is feces smelly, but it is also a health hazard to other pets and the children of our community that play outside.
Keep feces bags stored with leashes to avoid forgetfulness. 

The Goose Creek provisions regarding dog and cat excrement does not apply to seeing-eye dogs and dogs used by police officers for law enforcement purposes. If you see one have an accident and you have extra bags handy, consider picking up after it.

Please make sure your pets have regular check-ups and are up-to-date with shots. Neglect of disease and vaccines put your pet, and everyone else's, at risk.