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Aberdeen officials tweak dog plans
Pit bulls will not be banned
BY JEFF BAHR
[email protected]
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.

Aberdeen officials tweak dog plans - aberdeennews.com
 

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Aberdeen, SD: Breed-neutral animal ordinance passes

Posted on March 22, 2011 by stopbslcom| 2 Comments
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, [email protected]
12:00 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.[...]
Full article retrieved 3/22/11 from http://www.aberdeennews.com/news/aan...,5588744.story
 
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