McNeil named director of Colleton’s animal shelter | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | February 25, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: February 24, 2016 at 1:06 pm
In mid-January Colleton County Administrator Kevin Griffin decided it was time to take the interim off Reginald “Reggie” McNeil’s job title.
McNeil had been serving as interim director of Colleton County Animal and Environmental Control for about six months, named to step into the post when John Glass moved from that department to become the manager of the Dogwood Hills Golf Course.
Griffin said as the county pondered a replacement for Glass, “We decided Mr. McNeil was the best one for the job.” He added that the members of Friends of Colleton County Animal Shelter, the volunteer support group with strong ties to the animal shelter, had positive comments about McNeil’s efforts as interim director.
Griffin said that he was also happy with McNeil’s leadership of the department during the outbreak of mosquitoes caused by the unseasonably warm and wet winter.
McNeil became an employee of Colleton County Animal and Environmental Control in February of 2014 when he was hired as an animal control officer.
Before joining the department, McNeil spent over 20 years as a corrections officer, retiring from that post in February 2009.
Before that, McNeil served in the U.S. Army, being deployed to the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Becoming an animal control officer, he said, has been a learning experience.
“It has been very educational,” he said. “I never realized the lack of education people have on the care of animals, never given much thought to the ramifications of people abandoning animals, abusing animals.” He didn’t realize the magnitude of mistreatment of animals until his job required him to cope with the problem day in and day out.
That newfound knowledge has McNeil wishing that state legislators would take a long look at enacting legislation to require pet owners to register their dogs.
He does not envision registration as a moneymaker for the state or county. He sees it as a way to hopefully have pet owners assume their responsibilities. “Hopefully, it would curtail a lot of animal abuse,” he said.
McNeil is a Colleton County native, who grew up in Neyles, where he continues to reside.
By GEORGE SALSBERRY