§ 96.999 PENALTY.
   (A)   Any violation of §§ 96.001 through 96.003; 96.015 through 96.017, 96.030 through 96.032, 96.045 through 96.049, 96.060, 96.061, 96.075 through 96.081, 96.095, 96.096, 96.110 through 96.116, and 96.130 through 96.132 shall be punished to the maximum extent provided by law for a violation of an ordinance within the jurisdiction of the Magistrate's Courts of this State, except as limited by the provisions of S.C. Code § 47-3-50(B) for those offenses listed in S.C. Code § 47-3-50(A), as amended. For continuing offenses, each day's violations shall be punishable as a separate criminal offense. In addition to criminal prosecution, or in alternative, the county may seek civil penalties of up to $500 per day for continuing violations of this chapter.
(Ord. 10-32-05, passed 10-5-2005)
   (B)   (1)   Criminal penalties. Any person or legal entity violating the provisions of § 96.146 shall be subject to the maximum penalty as for offenses within the penalty jurisdiction of the Magistrate's Courts authorized by the Magistrate's Court, provided that no person or legal entity who currently has dominion, control or possession of any creature described as an exotic animal herein shall be prosecuted for such possession until he, she or it shall have a period of time in which to dispose of such exotic animals, but in no event shall any such person or legal entity be allowed to possess any such exotic animal in the unincorporated areas of Newberry County after December 31, 2005. Each day's violation shall be a separate offense, and each animal possessed unlawfully shall be treated as a separate offense.
      (2)   Civil penalties. In addition to the criminal penalties set forth herein, the County of Newberry may enforce the provision of §§ 96.145 through 96.147 through the civil jurisdiction of the courts in Newberry County South Carolina, and the exclusive venue for any such action shall be in Newberry County, South Carolina. Any person or legal entity which shall possess an exotic animal in Newberry County is deemed to have consented to the exclusive jurisdiction of such courts by the act of possessing an exotic animal in Newberry County. In addition to injunctive relief, the county may seek and recover its actual costs in taking possession of, maintaining and caring for, any exotic animal found within the county, and of which it has lawful control.
(Ord. 10-33-05, passed 10-5-2005)