BSL ALERT: Madison, South Dakota

UPDATE: May 23, 2011

On Monday, May 23, 2011, The Madison city council will hear the first reading of Ordinance 1506 which pertains to vicious animals. At the last meeting, the comissioners appeared to be leaning toward a breed-neutral law, but that has yet to be confirmed. Considering the original ordinance proposed regulated pit bull ownership, residents are encouraged to attend this evening’s council meeting to hear the first reading of the ordinance. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. and takes place at city hall.

City to review vicious dog ordinance
South Dakota State News.Net
Friday 20th May, 2011

Ordinance 1506 will define vicious animals and prohibit them from living within the city limits.

The ordinance gives police officers the authority to notify dog owners if the dog is considered vicious or dangerous.

After such a notification, the police are allowed to destroy the dog if they find it running at large.

The police can also destroy any animal involved in an unprovoked attack, if the officers cannot impound it.

Posted May 14, 2011
Last week we learned of the potential for BSL in Madison, South Dakota. On Monday, May 16, 2011 at 5:30 p.m., the Madison City Commission will discuss enacting a law regulating the ownership of “pit bulls” in the city limits. Meetings are held at City Hall located at 116 West Center Street in Madison.

The proposed ordinance would include requirements that pit bulls remain confined indoors or in a locked pen or kennel, or within a fenced area; posting of signs announcing the presence of a pit bull; and obtain $250,000 in liability insurance. Pit bull owners would also need to provide city officials with color photographs showing the color and size of any pit bulls.

Time is of the essence. Please take a moment today to send the Madison city officials your POLITE, RESPECTFUL and INFORMATIVE letters of opposition to breed specific legislation, as well as suggestions and alternatives for their consideration.

City of Madison
116 W Center Street
Madison, South Dakota 57042
Phone: (605) 256-7500
Fax:  (605) 256-7511

Gene Hexom

Scott Delzer

Dick Ericsson

Karen Lembcke

Nicholas Abraham

May 6, 2011 article on potential for BSL


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