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South Dakota: Committee to Consider Prohibiting Local BSL Tomorrow

(Thursday, January 30, 2014)
South Dakota Senate Bill 75 seeks to prohibit local governments from enacting, maintaining, or enforcing regulations on certain dog breeds. The bill will be considered by the Senate Local Government Committee tomorrow, Friday, January 31, 2014. All dog owners in South Dakota are strongly encouraged to both contact the committee members and express support of SB 75, and to attend the committee hearing in support of the bill.

In addition to prohibiting local governments from enacting, maintaining, or enforcing regulations on certain dog breeds, the bill also allows local governments to enact, maintain, or enforce any form of regulation that applies to all dogs.

AKC’S POSITION: The American Kennel Club strongly opposes any legislation that determines a dog to be “dangerous” based on specific breeds or phenotypic classes of dogs. We support laws that: establish a fair process by which specific dogs are identified as “dangerous” based on stated, measureable actions; impose appropriate penalties on irresponsible owners; and establish a well-defined method for dealing with dogs proven to be dangerous.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: South Dakota residents are strongly encouraged to contact the members of the Senate Local Government Committee, and express support of Senate Bill 75’s non-discriminatory policies. Click here for talking points that support SB 75’s prohibition against local breed-specific regulation.

South Dakota Senate Local Government Committee
State Senator Mark Kirkeby, Chair (bill co-sponsor)
Capitol phone: 605-773-3821
Click here to email State Senator Kirkeby.

State Senator Ried Holien, Vice Chair
Capitol phone: 605-773-3821
Click here to email State Senator Holien.

State Senator Angie Buhl O’Donnell
Capitol phone: 605-773-3821
Click here to email State Senator O’Donnell.

State Senator Jean Hunhoff (bill co-sponsor)
Capitol phone: 605-773-3821
Click here to email State Senator Hunhoff.

State Senator Dan Lederman (bill sponsor)
Capitol phone: 605-773-3821
Click here to email State Senator Lederman

State Senator Deb Soholt
Click here to email State Senator Soholt.

State Senator Craig Tieszen
Capitol phone: 605-773-3821
Click here to email State Senator Tieszen.

Residents are also urged to attend tomorrow’s meeting of the Senate Local Government Committee and testify in support of SB 75. The meeting will be held at 9AM, in Room 412 at the State Capitol in Pierre--500 East Capitol Avenue, Pierre, SD 57501.

For more information, contact AKC’s Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720, or email doglaw@akc.org.
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