Category Archives: South Dakota

Reminder: Aberdeen, SD to introduce animal ordinance revisions, March 14

On Feb 28, Aberdeen, SD city council was presented with various animal control ordinance options, from a breed ban (multiple breeds suggested, including “pit bulls,” Dalmatians, Chows, and more), to breed-specific restrictions, to breed-neutral revisions, to relaxing the ordinances.

The council requested that the city manager create a new ordinance that would focus on leash laws and higher fines for violators. The proposal does not appear to be breed-specific at this time.

The proposed ordinance will be discussed during the March 14 council meeting, 5:30 PM, City Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, 123 South Lincoln Street, Aberdeen, SD 57401.

All alerts for Aberdeen, SD: http://stopbsl.com/?s=aberdeen+sd

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Aberdeen, SD: Council chooses breed-neutral measures

On Feb 28, Aberdeen, SD city council was presented with various animal control ordinance options, from a breed ban (multiple breeds suggested, including “pit bulls,” Dalmatians, Chows, and more), to breed-specific restrictions, to breed-neutral revisions, to relaxing the ordinances.

The council requested that the city manager create a new ordinance that would focus on leash laws and higher fines for violators. The proposal does not appear to be breed-specific at this time, but several council members still appeared to be supportive of a breed ban (see news article below), and suggested that such a stipulation could be added if “three or four local mothers” requested it. Although the proposal sounds breed-neutral at this time, due to the uncertain atmosphere, StopBSL will keep Aberdeen on the watchlist until the situation resolves.

The proposed ordinance is expected to be introduced during the March 14 council meeting, 5:30 PM, City Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, 123 South Lincoln Street, Aberdeen, SD 57401.

All alerts for Aberdeen, SD: http://stopbsl.com/?s=aberdeen+sd

Aberdeen officials tweak dog plans

Pit bulls will not be banned

BY JEFF BAHR, jbahr@aberdeennews.com
12:00 a.m. CST, March 1, 2011

[…] The recommendations were drafted by the city attorney’s office and the city police department. The measures consist of adopting, implementing and enforcing animal-at-large and leash laws, including some revisions of current ordinances and the addition of new ordinances.[…]

The move away from recommending a breed ban was based on public response and research that’s been done, [staff attorney Karly] Winter said. After the meeting, she also said it was also not clear which direction the council wanted to head.

Differing opinions

Even though the recommendations will largely become a proposed ordinance, Mayor Mike Levsen pointed out that council members have differing opinions on the subject. Those varying opinions may become suggested amendments to the ordinance, he said.

Council member David Bunsness said he remains in favor of banning new pit bulls and grandfathering in current owners.[…]

Levsen said if three or four local mothers stepped forward, the issue of banning pit bulls could easily go before the voters. And, he predicted, it would pass.[…]

Full article retrieved 3/1/11 from http://www.aberdeennews.com/news/aan-aberdeen-officials-tweak-dog-plans-20110228,0,4386306.story

Aberdeen, SD: Council to discuss options, including BSL, Feb 28

Aberdeen, SD city council will be presented with various animal control ordinance options on Feb 28, from a breed ban (multiple breeds suggested, including “pit bulls,” Dalmatians, Chows, and more), to breed-specific restrictions, to breed-neutral revisions, to relaxing the ordinances. The agenda page 62-63 goes over the council’s options: http://www.aberdeen.sd.us/archives/52/2-28-2011.PDF

Some councilmembers are known to be supportive of a breed ban or restrictions. Please contact city councilmembers with polite, informative correspondence that encourages breed-neutral measures. (Councilmember Clint Rux has been very good about keeping us updated, and supportive of breed-neutral options, so please thank him.)

All alerts for Aberdeen, SD: http://stopbsl.com/?s=aberdeen+sd

Next city council meeting: Monday, Feb 28, 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
Phone: (605) 626-7025
City Manager Lynn Lander, lynn.lander@aberdeen.sd.us
Ph: (605) 626-7025
Fx: (605) 626-7039
Jim Kraft, NE District Council Member, james.kraft@aberdeen.sd.us
Jeff Mitchell, NE District Council Member, jeff.mitchell@aberdeen.sd.us
Todd Campbell, NW District Council Member, todd.campbell@aberdeen.sd.us
Jennifer Slaight-Hansen, NW District Council, jennifer.slaight-hansen@aberdeen.sd.us
Clint Rux, SE District Council Member, clint.rux@aberdeen.sd.us
Laure Swanson, SE District Council Member, laure.swanson@aberdeen.sd.us
Tom Agnitsch, SW District Council Member, tom.agnitsch@aberdeen.sd.us
David Bunsness, SW District Council Member, david.bunsness@aberdeen.sd.us

Email block for cut-and-paste:
mayor@aberdeen.sd.us; lynn.lander@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

Thanks to Jason for the updates!

Aberdeen, SD: Police request breed ban

All alerts for Aberdeen: http://stopbsl.com/?s=aberdeen+sd

Next city council meeting: Monday, Jan 31, 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
Phone: (605) 626-7025
City Manager Lynn Lander, lynn.lander@aberdeen.sd.us
Ph: (605) 626-7025
Fx: (605) 626-7039
Jim Kraft, NE District Council Member, james.kraft@aberdeen.sd.us
Jeff Mitchell, NE District Council Member, jeff.mitchell@aberdeen.sd.us
Todd Campbell, NW District Council Member, todd.campbell@aberdeen.sd.us
Jennifer Slaight-Hansen, NW District Council, jennifer.slaight-hansen@aberdeen.sd.us
 Clint Rux, SE District Council Member, clint.rux@aberdeen.sd.us
Laure Swanson, SE District Council Member, laure.swanson@aberdeen.sd.us
Tom Agnitsch, SW District Council Member, tom.agnitsch@aberdeen.sd.us
David Bunsness, SW District Council Member, david.bunsness@aberdeen.sd.us

Email block for cut-and-paste:
mayor@aberdeen.sd.us; lynn.lander@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

Aberdeen Police Request Pit Bull Ban

By Erich Schaffhauser
Published: January 24, 2011, 10:19 PM

ABERDEEN, SD – It’s not every day you’ll see standing room only in Aberdeen’s city council chamber. But a requested pit bull ban drew in a large crowd Monday.

Police are asking the city council to pass a law banning the breed but allowing those already in the city to stay.[…]

Councilman David Bunsness supports a ban.[…]

But other council members are sighting other stats that don’t support a breed-specific ban as a solution. Dog bites in general rose in Aberdeen and bites from small, mix-breed dogs increased by almost the same number as pit bull bites.[…]

Now it’s up to the city council to decide which of those possibilities, if any, they’ll take. Aberdeen’s attorney hasn’t said for sure where he’ll go from here. He may ask the council to vote in a future meeting whether they even want him to draft an ordinance.[…]

Full article retrieved 1/25/11 from http://www.keloland.com/NewsDetail6162.cfm?Id=0,109805

Another article can be read at http://www.aberdeennews.com/news/aan-1a.01-25-11.1a.pitbulls-20110125,0,5546232.story

Aberdeen, SD: Work session to discuss breed-specific ordinances, Jan 24

Thanks to Jason for this alert!

*Not to be confused with Aberdeen, MS*

Aberdeen, SD city council has scheduled a “pit bull ordinance” work session on Jan 24 at 4:00 PM in council chambers, 3rd floor of the municipal building, 123 South Lincoln Street. The public may attend and speak at the work session.

The work session is described as “a police dept. report and ordinance suggestions for dangerous animals (pit bulls).” The council proceedings of Jan 18th stated that “City Manager Lander reminded the Council of the January 24, 2011 work session regarding pit bull ordinances…”

At this time, I do not know whether they are considering a ban or restrictions. News coverage has been nonexistant; please cross-post this to raise awareness.

Contact information for city officials:
Mayor Mike J. Levsen, mayor@aberdeen.sd.us
Phone: (605) 626-7025
City Manager Lynn Lander, lynn.lander@aberdeen.sd.us
Ph: (605) 626-7025
Fx: (605) 626-7039
Jim Kraft, NE District Council Member, james.kraft@aberdeen.sd.us
Jeff Mitchell, NE District Council Member, jeff.mitchell@aberdeen.sd.us
Todd Campbell, NW District Council Member, todd.campbell@aberdeen.sd.us
Jennifer Slaight-Hansen, NW District Council, jennifer.slaight-hansen@aberdeen.sd.us
 Clint Rux, SE District Council Member, clint.rux@aberdeen.sd.us
Laure Swanson, SE District Council Member, laure.swanson@aberdeen.sd.us
Tom Agnitsch, SW District Council Member, tom.agnitsch@aberdeen.sd.us
David Bunsness, SW District Council Member, david.bunsness@aberdeen.sd.us

Mitchell, SD: Whispers of BSL

The dogs in question, who were running loose in violation of code, were identified as “pit bull”/Boxer mixes. Note that two of the dogs were not aggressive toward the animal control officer, who subsequently decided that those two are “probably a little more Boxer” than the aggressive dog. (In other words, aggressive dogs are labeled pit bulls. Nonaggressive dogs are not.)

Update 4/3: In a new article, the owner of the dogs disputes that they are “pit bulls” at all: 

But Contreras insists that her dogs — which she said are full-blooded boxers and not the pit bull/boxer crosses they have been described as — are all friendly animals who were likely only interested in Odegaard’s dogs and not in hurting Odegaard herself.

“They’re not pit bulls,” Contreras said. “We hate pit bulls.”

City Hall, 612 North Main, Mitchell, SD 57301
Phone: (605) 995-8420
Fax: (605) 995-8054
Mayor Lou Sebert, lsebert@cityofmitchell.org
Mel Olson, Ward 1, mel.olson@k12.sd.us
Doug Backlund, Ward 1, doug_backlund@yahoo.com
Travis Carpenter, Ward 2, travis.carpenter@k12.sd.us
Dan Allen, Ward 2, llallen5@hotmail.com
Marty Barington (Vice-President), Ward 3, mmbarington@mit.midco.net
Scott Houwman, Ward 3, univpt@mit.midco.net
Geri Beck, Ward 4, geribeck@gmail.com
Jeff Smith (President), Ward 4, jsmith@cortrustbank.com

The Mitchell City Council meets the first and third Monday’s of each month. City Council meetings begin at 7:30 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 612 N. Main.

After Thursday attack in Mitchell, pit bulls come under scrutiny

By: Austin Kaus, The Daily Republic

[… Diane] Odegaard was not physically harmed, but she is hoping that sharing her experience could lead to stricter dog laws in the city, such as a ban on pit bulls.

[…Mayor Sebert] wasn’t sure of the legality of banning certain dog breeds within city limits, but he said he would be in favor of banning pit bulls in Mitchell.[…]

Article retrieved 4/2/10 from http://www.mitchellrepublic.com/event/article/id/42060/

Hot Springs, SD: Whispers of BSL

Nothing official has been proposed; however, you may wish to send polite, informative correspondence to City Council and the Public Safety Committee meeting. Residents may wish to speak on the topic at an upcoming meeting.

The next Public Safety Committee meeting is Friday, February 19th 2010, 4:00 PM at 303 North River, City Hall.

The City Council meets on the first and third Monday of each month, except on holidays, at 7 PM at the Mueller Center.

The City of Hot Springs, 303 North River, Hot Springs, SD 57747
hscity@gwtc.net

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A brief discussion, stemming from the Public Safety Committee report, was held about how to treat pit bull and pit bull cross dogs in Hot Springs. Councilman Ray Ecoffey, the Public Safety chair and Animal Control Officer Dave Green noted that there are ordinances in Sturgis and Newell which require that pit bull owners carry additional liability insurance. […]

Full article retrieved 2/9/10 from http://www.hotspringsstar.com/articles/2010/02/09/hot_springs/news/doc4b70473333e08285200544.txt