User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


51° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Politics

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Aberdeen Looks At Dog Laws Again

November 13, 2012, 10:26 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

Aberdeen Looks At Dog Laws Again
ABERDEEN, SD -

After passing stricter dog laws last year, Aberdeen is looking at its animal control ordinances again.  Discussion resurfaced when a dog which city leaders say was part Pit Bull killed a smaller dog in town.

Only half the city council members made it to the meeting Tuesday to discuss animal control. So the session became a preview for the meeting which is now postponed until later this month.

Some council members made motions last year to ban specific dog breeds that they consider dangerous. That didn't happen. But the debate looks like it will head that direction again.

"A Chihuahua bite is different than a Pit Bull bite," Council Member Dave Bunsness said.

"I'm still kind of opposed to a ban. However, I am still open to the classification as a dangerous breed," Council Member Clint Rux said.

Before council members fully discuss the issue, they've asked city employees to gather more information. Bunsness, who has supported a breed specific ban in the past, requested local statistics about dog bites and their severity.

"I have an opinion of this particular breed but I want to see the numbers," Bunsness said.

Rux, who has opposed breed specific laws, is asking for cost estimates to add another animal control officer in the city, saying the current one is busy and only available during regular business hours.

"It doesn't matter what we pass if we can't enforce it because our animal control officer is dealing with, by my figures, about a call an hour," Rux said.

Aberdeen currently restricts dogs deemed dangerous. But rather than a breed given that label, individual dogs earn the title based on behavior. But some people say more needs to be done.

When an ordinance came before the city council last year to ban specific breeds, it only received a few votes.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View politics

You may also like

FBI Says EB-5 Investigation Remains 'Active'

10/22/2014 12:44 PM

The FBI says an investigation into the South Dakota Regional Center and the federal EB-5 program is still ‘active.’

Full Story
FBI Confirms 'Active' Investigation Of SD EB-5 Program

10/22/2014 6:15 PM

The federal investigation into South Dakota's EB-5 immigrant investor program isn't over. The FBI confirmed Wednesday that the investigation i...

Full Story | Watch
SD Governor Candidates Tackle Teacher Pay, Minimum Wage In KELOLAND Forum

10/22/2014 9:55 PM

With Election Night only two weeks away, the three candidates for Governor of South Dakota joined in on a special forum here on KELOLAND TV.

Full Story | Watch
Reports Confirm Weiland Outraised Rounds

10/24/2014 1:13 PM

Campaign finance reports show Democrat Rick Weiland has outraised Republican Mike Rounds by more than $60,000 in South Dakota's tight U.S. Senate ...

Full Story
Gubernatorial Candidates To Appear Tonight On KELO-TV

10/22/2014 6:18 AM

Tonight, KELOLAND News starts its Campaign 2014 Forum series.

Full Story


Events