On February 4, the South Dakota Senate passed SB 75 in a 19-16 vote. The bill was read for the first time in the House today, and has been assigned to the House Local Government Committee where a hearing has been scheduled for Thursday, February 27 at 10:00 a.m.
As a reminder, SB 75 would prohibit ordinances that target specific breeds, but would not prevent cities from enacting ordinances that apply to all animals. The bill also recommends ways for cities to deal with vicious animals by addressing owners and individual animals.
SOUTH DAKOTA RESIDENTS: Please reach out to the members of the House Local Government Committee, and ask them to support SB 75. Let them know that laws that target dogs based on their appearance rather than their behavior creates communities that are more vulnerable to dangerous dogs, not less. The passage of SB 75 would mean cities and counties, in drafting animal control ordinances, would have to tackle the root cause of dangerous dogs, irresponsible and reckless dog owners, rather than pass a blanket law that regulates all members of specific breeds.
Please remember to keep all communications with legislators polite and respectful. The manner in which we communicate with officials can and does make a difference.
Members of the House Local Government Committee: