Required spay and neutering helping take bite out of pit bull overpopulation

A new animal ordinance, approved by the Beaufort County Council in October 2015 and municipal governing bodies in subsequent months, requires that all pit bulls and pit mixes be altered in an effort to reduce overpopulation that is burdening shelters. Between October 2014 and when the ordinance was passed, 285 pit bulls were spayed and neutered by the county shelter and the Hilton Head Humane Association free of charge. That number jumped to 691 in the roughly 14 months since the new regulations took effect.

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8 fire safety tips for the holiday season

Burton Fire District spokesman Dan Byrne shares fire safety tips and things to remember, especially around the holidays.
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8 fire safety tips for the holiday season 2:40

8 fire safety tips for the holiday season

Hilton Head High Chorus lights up Dove Street 1:05

Hilton Head High Chorus lights up Dove Street

Showing love through service 1:43

Showing love through service

Beaufort County's Trice: Adopt pit bulls; do not buy online 1:24

Beaufort County's Trice: Adopt pit bulls; do not buy online