Aberdeen, SD discussing breed specific ordinance (again)

We learned a few weeks ago that the city council in Aberdeen, South Dakota agreed to revisit the city’s animal control ordinance after the issue was brought up by a resident at the last council meeting.

Last year, the Aberdeen police department asked the city council to pass a law banning pit bulls. The council debated and voted against that proposal and, instead, updated and strengthened the city’s animal control ordinance. Under the updated ordinance, dogs earn the title of “dangerous” based on their behavior. Discussions regarding a breed specific proposal have now resurfaced after a recent incident.

Members of the city council remain divided on the idea of banning specific breeds of dogs, and have asked city employees to gather more information. Councilman Clint Rux also requested information regarding the costs of a breed specific ordinance, and indicated that without the addition of another animal control officer, the ordinance would be unenforceable.

The next city council meeting is November 19, 2012. Meetings start at 5:30 p.m., and are held in the City Council Chambers Room/3rd floor, 123 South Lincoln Street.

Please send your polite, respectful and informative opposition to breed specific legislation to the Aberdeen city officials listed below. Please emphasize the difficulty of enforcing BSL and the financial impact breed specific laws have on a city. Best Friends has a Fiscal Impact Calculator where you can calculate an estimate of the additional expenses on the taxpayers of a community that result from breed specific ordinances.

City of Aberdeen
123 S. Lincoln St.
Aberdeen, SD 57401
Phone:(605) 626-7025
Fax:(605) 626-7039

Mayor and City Councl

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