Tonight is the night. The Aberdeen, S.D. City Council is going to look at possible animal ordinance changes (at 5:30 at the courthouse). I wish I could say more, but the agenda is suspiciously vague.
On previous agendas, a pit bull ban was suggested. I have no reason to believe the suggestions today will be anything but a breed ban. There are rumors that they may expand the ban to include other misunderstood breeds. Why not discriminate against several breeds with one stupid law?
The reasons this is not a good idea are many, but here’s a few: breed bans never work; the majority of dogs in the U.S. are not pure breeds, they are mixed; there is no one in Aberdeen’s government who is qualified to identify breeds; they can’t enforce the laws currently on the books; there is no dog bite problem in Aberdeen (38 bites last year, population of about 26,000, means about 0.01 percent were bitten); and the only proven way to prevent dog bites is education.
The CDC, the Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA and many other groups do not endorse breed specific legislation because it doesn’t work.
I really hope this doesn’t happen. I really hope there are several voices of reason on the council who will stand up and speak out against this nonsense. I also hope the public shows up in droves to stop this. Please attend this meeting. It’s 5:30 p.m. today (Monday, Feb. 28) in the courthouse. Send emails, call council members and make your voice heard.
The people can stop this. Our voices should be the loudest at this meeting. We don’t want BSL in this city. We are not uneducated fear mongers. Stop this before it even starts. It only takes three meetings to get this passed. Use your Constitutional rights and stop this now. We are the voice for those that can’t speak, now is the time to speak up.
- Cute of the Week: Pit Bull Scared of Cat (offtheleashsd.wordpress.com)
- Aberdeen, South Dakota, May Ban Pit Bulls (offtheleashsd.wordpress.com)
- Aberdeen City Council Considering Animal Ordinance (offtheleashsd.wordpress.com)
- Pit Bull Ban Won’t Work in Aberdeen (offtheleashsd.wordpress.com)