Category Archives: South Dakota

Madison, SD: City commission to discuss breed-neutral vicious dog ordinance, May 23

Madison, SD appears to be moving away from a proposed breed-specific law after receiving negative feedback from the public.

The revised proposal will be presented at the next council meeting, May 23, at 5:30 PM, Commission Room, City Hall, 116 W Center Street, Madison, SD 57042. It does not appear to be breed-specific. Residents and locals, please attend the council meeting and show your support for a breed-neutral vicious dog ordinance!

Agenda page.
Contact page for city commissioners.

Please thank the city commissioners for moving toward a breed-neutral solution:

Gene Hexom, mayor.hexom@cityofmadisonsd.com
Scott Delzer, commissioner.delzer@cityofmadisonsd.com
Dick Ericsson, commissioner.ericsson@cityofmadisonsd.com
Karen Lembcke, commissioner.lembcke@cityofmadisonsd.com
Nicholas Abraham, commissioner.abraham@cityofmadisonsd.com

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mayor.hexom@cityofmadisonsd.com; commissioner.delzer@cityofmadisonsd.com; commissioner.ericsson@cityofmadisonsd.com; commissioner.lembcke@cityofmadisonsd.com; commissioner.abraham@cityofmadisonsd.com

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Madison, SD: Council moves toward breed-neutral ordinance revisions

Madison, SD appears to be moving away from a proposed breed-specific law after receiving negative feedback from the public. The revised proposal may be presented at the next council meeting, May 23, at 5:30 PM, Commission Room, City Hall, 116 W Center Street, Madison, SD 57042.

All alerts for Madison: http://stopbsl.com/?s=%22madison%2C+sd%22

City, residents hold discussion on dog behavior

By: CHUCK CLEMENT, Staff Reporter 05/16/2011

Dog owners argue that problems not limited to specific canine breed

About 25 persons attended Monday’s city commission meeting with most of the visitors interested in what typically serves as a highly-charged topic — the regulation of vicious and/or dangerous animals and the special regulation of pit bull dog breeds.

The Madison City Commission was reviewing two proposed ordinances dealing with prohibitions against vicious and diseased animals in proposed Ordinance 1506 and with registration and regulations regarding pit bull breeds in Ordinance 1507.[…]

The commissioners supported having Jencks revise the two proposed ordinances into one that would provide regulations for all dangerous and/or vicious animals. Jencks told the commissioners that he should have the amended ordinance ready for next Monday’s meeting and a first reading by the commissioners.[…]

Full article retrieved 5/17/11 from http://madisonet.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=20461662&BRD=1302&PAG=461&dept_id=181987&rfi=6

Madison, SD: BSL proposed, will be discussed May 16

This has moved from a whisper to a reality. Madison city commissioners will discuss proposed BSL during their meeting on May 16 at 5:30 PM, Commission Room, City Hall, 116 W Center Street, Madison, SD 57042.

Agenda page.
Contact page for city commissioners.

Gene Hexom, mayor.hexom@cityofmadisonsd.com
Scott Delzer, commissioner.delzer@cityofmadisonsd.com
Dick Ericsson, commissioner.ericsson@cityofmadisonsd.com
Karen Lembcke, commissioner.lembcke@cityofmadisonsd.com
Nicholas Abraham, commissioner.abraham@cityofmadisonsd.com

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mayor.hexom@cityofmadisonsd.com; commissioner.delzer@cityofmadisonsd.com; commissioner.ericsson@cityofmadisonsd.com; commissioner.lembcke@cityofmadisonsd.com; commissioner.abraham@cityofmadisonsd.com

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Commission to discuss registering pit bulls

By CHUCK CLEMENT, Staff Reporter 05/13/2011

The Madison City Commission will discuss enacting new municipal laws that would require the registration of all purebred or mixed-breed pit bull dogs, whether they already live within city limits or arrive in the future.

On Monday at 5:30 p.m., the commissioners will discuss the registration of new pit bull dogs within 10 days and of existing pit bulls within 30 days of the proposed ordinance’s passage. The commission meeting will be held in City Hall.

The proposed ordinance includes requirements that pit bulls remain securely confined either indoors, in a locked pen or kennel, or within a fenced area. The dog owners will need to erect signs announcing the presence of a pit bull on their property and obtain $250,000 in liability insurance against any injuries or deaths that the dogs could cause. They will also need to provide city officials with color photographs showing the color and size of any pit bulls.[…]

Full article retrieved 5/13/11 from http://madisonet.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=20461549&BRD=1302&PAG=461&dept_id=181979&rfi=6

Madison, SD: Whispers of BSL

Perhaps the news media is just trying to stir up controversy, but sometimes that’s all it takes. Nothing has been officially proposed at this time. In case the issue should come up at city council, residents and locals are encouraged to attend the next few City Commission meetings and offer breed-neutral solutions.

Madison City Commission meetings take place every Monday at 5:30 PM, Commission Room, City Hall, 116 W Center Street, Madison, SD 57042. Next commission meeting: May 9.
Agenda page.
Contact page for city commissioners.

Dog attack has Madison residents talking about Pit Bull ban

Posted: May 05, 2011 6:17 PM CDT
By Jake Iversen

[…]The Madison Police Chief says it’s too soon to tell whether the city will consider banning the dogs and Mayor Gene Hexom declined to comment.[…]

Full article retrieved 5/6/11 from http://www.ksfy.com/story/14583326/dog-attack-has-madison-residents-talking-about-pit-bull-ban

Aberdeen, SD: Breed-neutral animal ordinance passes

Aberdeen, SD passed a breed-neutral animal ordinance during its second reading last night. Six amendments were offered, including two amendments that would have made the ordinance breed-specific. Both of the breed-specific amendments failed to pass. Councilmembers David Bunsness and Laure Swanson proposed the two breed-specific amendments.

Aberdeen passes changes to animal regulations

Pit bull motions fail to gain majority support

 BY JEFF BAHR, jbahr@aberdeennews.com
12:00 a.m. CDT, March 22, 2011

[…] The City Council approved the second reading of the city’s animal control laws — the main action of the night — by a 5-4 margin. Voting in favor of passage were Clint Rux, Jennifer Slaight-Hansen, Todd Campbell, Jeff Mitchell and Jim Kraft. Opposing the revised laws were Laure Swanson, David Bunsness, Tom Agnitsch and Mayor Mike Levsen.[…]

• For the second meeting in a row, Bunsness introduced a motion to ban pit bulls in Aberdeen. […]

 Later, Bunsness made a motion that pit bulls be automatically declared dangerous and vicious, without any incident necessary. […]

• […] An amendment, offered by Swanson, would have included pit bulls in the dangerous and vicious category without labeling them as such. Both the Bunsness and Swanson amendments failed.[…]

Full article retrieved 3/22/11 from http://www.aberdeennews.com/news/aan-aberdeen-passes-changes-to-animal-regulations-20110321,0,5588744.story

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Aberdeen, SD reminder: Breed-specific amendment may be proposed, March 21

Aberdeen, SD city council will hold a second vote on animal ordinance revisions on March 21. These revisions are currently breed-neutral (NOT breed-specific).

During the last council meeting, Councilmember David Bunsness offered up an amendment that would ban “pit bulls” from Aberdeen. The vote on the amendment was tied, with four councilmembers in support, and four against. Note that one councilmember did not vote (maybe not present).

Bunsness intends to try to pass the amendment again during the ordinance’s second reading (Monday, March 21). He only needs one more councilmember’s support to tip the balance in favor of BSL.

Residents of Aberdeen are encouraged to attend the council meeting and show your opposition to Bunsness’s breed-specific amendment.

Next city council meeting: Monday, March 21, at 5:30 PM at 123 South Lincoln Street, Aberdeen, SD 57401.

Contact info for city officials:
Mayor Mike J. Levsen, mayor@aberdeen.sd.us  (Voted for ban)
Phone: (605) 626-7025
Jim Kraft, james.kraft@aberdeen.sd.us  (Voted against ban)
Jeff Mitchell, jeff.mitchell@aberdeen.sd.us  (Voted against ban)
Todd Campbell, todd.campbell@aberdeen.sd.us  (No vote)
Jennifer Slaight-Hansen, jennifer.slaight-hansen@aberdeen.sd.us  (Voted against ban)
Clint Rux, clint.rux@aberdeen.sd.us (Voted against ban)
Laure Swanson, laure.swanson@aberdeen.sd.us  (Voted for ban)
Tom Agnitsch, tom.agnitsch@aberdeen.sd.us  (Voted for ban)
David Bunsness, david.bunsness@aberdeen.sd.us  (Proposed ban)

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mayor@aberdeen.sd.us; james.kraft@aberdeen.sd.us; jeff.mitchell@aberdeen.sd.us; todd.campbell@aberdeen.sd.us; jennifer.slaight-hansen@aberdeen.sd.us; clint.rux@aberdeen.sd.us; laure.swanson@aberdeen.sd.us; tom.agnitsch@aberdeen.sd.us; david.bunsness@aberdeen.sd.us

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Aberdeen, SD: Councilmember still pushing breed ban

Aberdeen, SD city council discussed revisions to their animal control laws last night. Although city council had indicated previously that the revisions would be breed-neutral, several councilmembers remain in support of a breed ban.

During the meeting, Councilmember David Bunsness offered up an amendment that would ban “pit bulls” from Aberdeen. The vote on the amendment was tied, with four councilmembers in support, and four against. Note that one councilmember did not vote (maybe not present).

Bunsness intends to try to pass the amendment again during the ordinance’s second reading (Monday, March 21). He only needs one more councilmember’s support.

Next city council meeting: Monday, March 21, at 5:30 PM at 123 South Lincoln Street, Aberdeen, SD 57401.

Contact info for city officials:
Mayor Mike J. Levsen, mayor@aberdeen.sd.us (Voted for ban)
Phone: (605) 626-7025
Jim Kraft, james.kraft@aberdeen.sd.us (Voted against ban)
Jeff Mitchell, jeff.mitchell@aberdeen.sd.us (Voted against ban)
Todd Campbell, todd.campbell@aberdeen.sd.us (No vote)
Jennifer Slaight-Hansen, jennifer.slaight-hansen@aberdeen.sd.us (Voted against ban)
Clint Rux, clint.rux@aberdeen.sd.us (Voted against ban)
Laure Swanson, laure.swanson@aberdeen.sd.us (Voted for ban)
Tom Agnitsch, tom.agnitsch@aberdeen.sd.us (Voted for ban)
David Bunsness, david.bunsness@aberdeen.sd.us (Proposed ban)

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mayor@aberdeen.sd.us; james.kraft@aberdeen.sd.us; jeff.mitchell@aberdeen.sd.us; todd.campbell@aberdeen.sd.us; jennifer.slaight-hansen@aberdeen.sd.us; clint.rux@aberdeen.sd.us; laure.swanson@aberdeen.sd.us; tom.agnitsch@aberdeen.sd.us; david.bunsness@aberdeen.sd.us

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Aberdeen pit bull ban comes up short

4-4 tie vote not enough to add amendment to proposed dog ordinance

 By JEFF BAHR, jbahr@aberdeennews.com
12:00 a.m. CDT, March 15, 2011

An amendment put forward to ban pit bulls in Aberdeen generated a 4-4 vote at Monday’s Aberdeen City Council meeting. The amendment did not pass because it failed to obtain a majority.

The amendment was offered up by David Bunsness, who said it was patterned after a law in effect in a Colorado city.

The amendment would have made it unlawful for any person to own, possess, keep, exercise control over, maintain, harbor, transport or sell within the city any pit bull. Those dogs would include American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers and Staffordshire bull terriers. Existing owners of pit bulls would be able to keep their dogs under restricted conditions.

The amendment was put forward as the council considered the first reading of recommended changes to Aberdeen’s animal control ordinances.[…]

Full article retrieved 3/15/11 from http://www.aberdeennews.com/news/aan-aberdeen-pit-bull-ban-comes-up-short-20110314,0,1149706.story