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Re: Aberdeen, South Dakota

Postby Lunchbucket » Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:37 pm

Meeting tonight. Hope we have good results!!!

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Postby Odnarb » Tue Mar 01, 2011 8:35 am

Lunchbucket wrote:Meeting tonight. Hope we have good results!!!


Did you go?

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Postby Odnarb » Tue Mar 01, 2011 8:35 am

Lunchbucket wrote:Meeting tonight. Hope we have good results!!!


Did you go?

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Postby Lunchbucket » Tue Mar 01, 2011 1:05 pm

No

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Postby Odnarb » Wed Mar 02, 2011 12:30 am

Any word on how it went?

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Re: Aberdeen, South Dakota

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CITY COUNCIL
Aberdeen officials tweak dog plans
Pit bulls will not be banned
BY JEFF BAHR
jbahr@aberdeennews. com
12:00 AM CST, March 1, 2011


The Aberdeen Police Department is no longer proposing that pit bulls be banned in Aberdeen. Instead, the police and the city attorney’s office are focusing on beefing up and enforcing the city’s animal-at-large and leash laws.

The Aberdeen City Council was presented Monday night with six options for dealing with animal control issues. They ranged from banning specific breeds of dogs to relaxing the city’s animal ordinances.

The meeting was attended by about 20 members of the public. Seven of those people spoke.

After members of the council discussed the issue, the council directed City Manager Lynn Lander to return with a proposed ordinance based generally on the recommendations presented by staff attorney Karly Winter.

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.

Recommendations

The recommendations include increasing the fine for an animal-at-large and failure to vaccinate. They are both currently $92. Other steps include revising the leash law, increasing the fine and requirements for redemption from the animal shelter and creating a uniform fine schedule for animals disturbing the peace.

Under the proposals, a leash would be required at all times when an animal is not confined on the owner’s premises.

The recommendations would require a micro-chip in animals declared dangerous or vicious and require a subscription to a microchip service. Owners of those animals would also be required to obtain a $500,000 minimum liability insurance policy. A leash length of four feet or less would be required. The recommendations also call for stricter standards on outdoor kennels and confinement.

Police Chief Don Lanpher said the recommended steps would put the onus on the dog owner instead of the dog. He believes that “with stricter enforcement you’ll get more compliance” from the public.

At the Jan. 24 council meeting, Animal Control Officer John Weaver, representing the police department, presented a proposal that would ban pit bulls, but would grandfather in current owners of the breed.

The move away from recommending a breed ban was based on public response and research that’s been done, 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 also said the council should not be guilty of taking insufficient action on the issue.

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.

The council never planned to vote on any of the six options at the meeting. The goal was to hear the thoughts of council members so that a proposed ordinance could be drafted for a future meeting.

In drafting the ordinance, Lander said he will consult with the city attorney’s office and other administrators.

The first reading of that ordinance will be March 14.


http://www.aberdeennews.com/news/aan-aberdeen-officials-tweak-dog-plans-20110228,0,4386306.story

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Re: Aberdeen, South Dakota

Postby Lunchbucket » Wed Mar 02, 2011 9:36 pm

Well we hope they actually come to a decent conclusion.

That comment about if 3 or 4 mothers want to ban pit bulls then it might go to vote and would probably pass?

WTF?? So what the hell to mothers (no offense mothers) know about dogs, dog breeds, dog behavior, "pit bulls", etc? So lets just do whatever mothers want even though they are being completely irrational and uneducated

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Re: Aberdeen, South Dakota

Postby Lunchbucket » Tue Mar 15, 2011 8:47 pm

Ugg!!!! It didn't pass but it doesn't sound very positive. How can I write a polite response to the council? Granted I'll never change their ignorant minds....gosh I fell so freaking helpless!!!!

http://www.aberdeennews.com/news/aan-aberdeen-pit-bull-ban-comes-up-short-20110314,0,1149706.story

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.
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Before considering the revised ordinance, the council heard from former city animal control officer Stacy Sexton and Brooke and Sean Meyers of Aberdeen.

Sexton, who was animal control officer before John Weaver, said a leash law — called for in the revised ordinance — is long overdue. Pet ownership is a serious matter, he said, and the revised ordinance is a step in the right direction. He also said he’s against any type of breed ban.

The Meyers’ 5-year-old son was attacked by a pit bull last July. They were lucky, Sean Meyers said, that the youth required only 16 stitches. He estimated that the child’s medical costs were somewhere around $10,000 for the emergency room, plastic surgery and a psychologist. Meyers doesn’t see a pit bull ban happening, he said, but he urged the council to make dog owners responsible for their dogs.

Until Monday, Bunsness said, the council had heard from the dog-owners' side. “There is another side to this, and that is the human tragedy that happens,” he said.

The stiff language in the revised animal control ordinance, Bunsness said, comes into play only after a dog has been determined to be dangerous. Someone has to get hurt first. “And that’s too late in my book,” he said.

Other cities, including Denver and Miami, have banned pit bulls. “I’m not going to pass on this one. This is too important,” Bunsness said.

Councilman Clint Rux noted that any dog, not just a pit bull, could have attacked the Meyers’ son. He wants to deal with the overall problem of dog bites, he said. A breed ban, if necessary, could always come later.

Mayor Mike Levsen supported Bunsness’ amendment. The council, he said, had an opportunity to decide if Aberdeen is going to have a limited number of pit bulls or an unlimited number.

Pit bulls make up a small percentage of the dogs in Aberdeen, but are responsible for a significant share of the dog bites, Levsen said.

The amendment, he said, wouldn’t take anybody’s dog away. It would just require people who want a dog to buy a different kind of dog.

What would happen, Levsen asked, if three years from now another couple like the Meyers approaches the council after their child has been attacked by a pit bull owned by a responsible person? Those people might tell the council that “You people had a chance to keep that pit bull out of town three years ago and you didn’t do it.”

In addition to Bunsness and Levsen, the amendment was supported by Laure Swanson and Tom Agnitsch.

Opposing the amendment, besides Rux, were Jennifer Slaight-Hansen, Jeff Mitchell and Jim Kraft.

Bunsness said he may bring up the amendment again at the ordinance’s second reading, next Monday.

Changes detailed

During the meeting, city attorney Adam Altman detailed the changes that are included in the revised ordinance.

Among other things, the ordinance would require owners of dangerous animals to carry a minimum of $500,000 in liability insurance, an increase of $250,000 over the current requirement, and have an identifying microchip implanted in the animal.

Currently, animals must stay within 100 feet of a home. The revised law would require that an animal stay on a homeowner’s property. It would also allow Aberdonians to use invisible, electronic restraints, which are not currently allowed.

The revised ordinance would ban animal breeding operations in the city. Another change would involve rabies vaccinations. Currently, dog licenses are given out annually. Under the revised ordinance, for animals six months or older, the license would last as long as the rabies vaccination is good for.

An amendment offered by Kraft, which passed, would implement a six-foot leash law for all dogs.

Copyright © 2011, Aberdeen News

They need to focus on a good leash law...which they DO NOT HAVE and DO NOT enforce any sort of dangerous dog law instead of saying its a breed fault. Well if people can get away w/ anything then yeah stuff is gonna happen.

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Re: Aberdeen, South Dakota

Postby Lunchbucket » Tue Mar 22, 2011 2:30 pm

Yippie! NO BSL. I'm going to write them a thank u later. Glad they did their research and went with the data and not some "feelings" they thought were right

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.com12:00 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.[...]


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http://www.aberdeennews.com/news/aan-ab ... 8744.story

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Re: Aberdeen, South Dakota

Postby randomroads » Thu Apr 14, 2011 8:16 am

That's great news. I'm glad South Dakota has it's head screwed on right.

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Re: Aberdeen, South Dakota

Postby heather » Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:36 am

Residents in Aberdeen, SD need to keep an eye out for upcoming work sessions as the city begins discussions of their animal control ordinance.

http://blessthebullys.wordpress.com/201 ... ordinance/

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Re: Aberdeen, South Dakota

Postby heather » Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:44 pm

Officials in Aberdeen, South Dakota are discussing a breed specific ordinance (again). Details and contact information for city officials can be found at the link below.

http://blessthebullys.wordpress.com/201 ... nce-again/

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Re: Aberdeen, South Dakota

Postby heather » Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:49 am

Alert for Aberdeen, SD along with contact information for city officials can be found at:
http://blessthebullys.wordpress.com/201 ... on-dec-10/






Dog breed ban details unleashed in Aberdeen


Some pit bulls could be killed or moved if proposal passes

December 08, 2012|BY JEFF BAHR | jbahr@aberdeennews.com



Pit bulls not licensed in the city of Aberdeen would be destroyed or sent out of state if an Aberdeen City Council ordinance is passed.

The council will consider the first reading of an ordinance that would ban new pit pulls from the city at its meeting 5:30 p.m. Monday, while grandfathering in current animals. If the ordinance is approved as drafted, existing pit bulls would be safe as long as they are licensed and vaccinated for rabies, and Aberdeen police or animal control would check any suspected pit bulls that they come across.

“Maybe it's at large, or maybe we're in the house for some other reason — doing a police investigation, talking to a witness, whatever — and we see it. We'll just check and make sure” the dog is grandfathered in, city attorney Adam Altman said.

If it turns out that it's not a grandfathered dog, “then we would seize the dog,” Altman said. An unlicensed pit bull would be destroyed or placed in a reputable animal rescue facility outside of South Dakota, Altman said.

The owner can make the decision whether the dog is relocated or put down, as long as it didn't bite a person or animal, he said.

"If they can get the dog to an acceptable rescue site, and the dog hasn't harmed anything, that would be fine," he said.

The dog cannot be sent to live in another town, or shelter within South Dakota for two reasons.
First, in his experience, dogs that cause problems and are somewhere else in the state tend to wind up back in Aberdeen, he said. Also, other South Dakota towns don't send their banned dogs to Aberdeen shelters, so Aberdeen won't send them to other towns, Altman said.

Officers also would not be able to enter a person's home for a pit bull if there are no incidents or complaints, he said. There would need to be a search warrant or sufficient probable cause.

"Police can't enter your house just because an anonymous person claimed you own a pit bull," he said.

However, if an officer sees a person on the street walking a dog that could be a pit bull, that officer can stop the person and ask for proof it's grandfathered in or another breed. Officers can use their discretion on whether to bring the dog in, Altman said.

Under the ordinance, pit bull owners would be required to have a microchip implanted in the dog as part of the licensing process. The chip would be used to identify a dog and prove if the animal was licensed before the pit bull ban took effect.

Owners disagree

This is the second time Aberdeen has floated a breed ban in the past couple of years. In March 2011, an amendment put forward to ban pit bulls failed to get a majority, stalling at a 4-4 vote.
Altman drafted this new law using elements from other cities’ pit bull bans that he said have been held up in court. If passed, the ordinance would create a new article in the Aberdeen Municipal Code.

The ordinance defines a pit bull as an American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier or any dog that displays the majority of physical traits of one or more of those breeds. The city would look at distinguishing characteristics that substantially conform to standards established by the American Kennel Club or United Kennel Club.

In October, one of a pair of loose dogs killed a smaller dog tied up in a garage in an Aberdeen neighborhood. Aberdeen police shot the dog they said was a pit bull, wounding it. The dog turned up alive several days later, but was later destroyed by the city. The dog's owners said the animal was a boxer-black Lab mix.

If a pet owner doesn't agree with the city's conclusion, he or she would be able to appeal to the city's Animal Review Board, Altman said. That board includes a veterinarian, who will examine the dog to determine if it could reasonably be called a pit bull. Owners who claim their dog isn't a pit bull may provide any proof they can, including DNA testing, which the board will take into consideration, he said.


Even if Aberdeen's existing pit bulls are allowed to remain in the city, Chad Lawler is opposed to a pit bull ban.

Lawler, who owns a 3-year-old purebred pit bull, said people who have never owned a pit bull don’t understand them.

“I've never had a more loyal dog than a pit bull,” said Lawler, who has also owned a Jack Russell terrier, a Chihuahua and a Shih Tzu.

Lawler said his dog, named Karma, is “just a big baby” and a good companion who's never caused any trouble.

“My kids jump on her like she's a horse, and she loves every minute of it,” he said. His kids are 8, 6 and 3.

Melissa Murray owns two dogs, neither of which is a pit bull. But she did own two pit bulls in the past.

She doesn't believe banning any breed of dog is the answer.

“I just worry about what they're going to ban next,” she said.

http://articles.aberdeennews.com/2012-1 ... ll-terrier

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Re: Aberdeen, South Dakota

Postby heather » Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:22 pm

A motion to ban “pit bulls” from Aberdeen failed by a 6-3 vote last night.

http://blessthebullys.wordpress.com/201 ... ulls-fails :yipee:


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