(FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - Folks could soon be paying up for their pit bull.
A proposed bill in South Carolina would penalize pet owners who don't spay or neuter their dogs.
HB 3709, sponsored by Rep. Chip Huggins, R-District 78, aims to help control the pit bull population.
Those who own a pit bull would be forced to pay a $500 fee and face a misdemeanor, meaning they could be jailed for up to one year.
The lawmaker behind this bill said pit bills are 'the most desired breed for dogfighting and they die at a higher rate in local animal shelters.'
For more information on House Bill 3709, please click here.