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Lawmakers Weigh In On Senate Bill 75

February 8, 2014, 9:55 PM by Leland Steva

Lawmakers Weigh In On Senate Bill 75
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

A bill making its way through Pierre is looking to put a leash on local government banning certain dog breeds.

Lawmakers have dealt with hundreds of bills during this year's legislative session in Pierre, but Senate Bill 75 has more bite than others. Seven South Dakota cities prohibit or restrict dog breeds within their city limits right now, but this bill is looking to change that. The potential law passed through the State Senate by a vote of 19-16. Representative Jenna Haggar co-sponsored the bill. She thinks that maybe the dog's breed isn't the reason for its behavior.

"I think a lot of the controversy around this bill comes about by way of these types of dogs. Are they more vicious than other types of dogs, but really the angle we take with it is perhaps, maybe the way they're trained, they're trained to be more vicious," Haggar said.

Senator Shantel Krebs voted against the bill earlier this week. She wants communities to be safe, but she thinks this bill shouldn't be decided at the capital.

"Just in general we always try to say local control in Pierre and I really want to stand beside that and behind that that when we say local control that each municipality has a right to do that," Krebs said.

Krebs also thinks that lawmakers should be spending their time dealing with different issues.

"I think it's fair for discussion but sometimes I just think we have bills there that sometimes just aren't necessary and I think when you've been in the session for a lot longer that sometimes you look at these things and say why are they even being brought forth and sometimes you just need to kill them," Krebs said.

Haggar does believe in the bill, and she believes the owner, not the dog, is responsible for the safety of the community.

"I think we need to be protective of our homes and our neighborhoods and we need to be cautious about if we let our dog off without a leash, if it goes running into the neighbor's yard. I mean that's for every type of dog, not just some specific breed, you have to be a good dog owner," Haggar said.

The bill is now in the hands of the house as we head into the dog days of the legislative session.

 

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