Animal Rights Activist
Douglas follows animal rights news and advancements in environmental sustainability closely, and hopes to participate in improving natural and animal life some day. This creates a financial burden on not only the shelter, but also the community as well. In Louisiana, violators of the law face prison time, and in Rhode Island, violators are heavily fined for any pet that is not neutered or spayed. Thirty-four states throughout the country have enforced spay and neuter laws which punish violators who ignore them. Last year, an animal shelter in Georgetown, South Carolina sparked an amendment to the states neutering laws.
While his law practice specializes in probate and estate planning, homeowner associations, family and child support laws, business laws, and personal injury law, he has much personal interest in environmental laws and animal rights. As an attorney, Douglas MacNeille has a pre-programmed moral compass that allows him to have a vested interest in matters of justice. The shelters in Douglas's home state of South Carolina have very lenient laws on animal neutering policies, requiring only shelter-adopted animals to be sterilized, and only needing a signed waiver to release the animals as pets. In June of last year, the height of mating season for stray dogs and cats, the shelter was housing almost 400 animals, a shelter which is built to house only 150 animals at a time. South Carolina is one of the few states that does not yet have strict sterilization laws, and as a result, the shelters see more stray animals than many other states.
The shelter in Georgetown said that the additional influx of animals caused by unregulated breeding costs them considerably. With other states pushing for more stringent animal sterilization requirements, Douglas MacNeille hopes that South Carolina will follow suit accordingly soon.