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Ban on pit bull bans passes SD House and Senate

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Monday, a measure to keep cities from enacting breed-specific dog bans reached South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard's desk.

However, for some Siouxland towns who already have pit bull bans, the fight isn't over.

“You can't argue with 500 years of breading. Pit bulls were developed for one purpose. People chose pit bulls for one reason,” believes Jefferson City Councilman Tony Roark.

Roark says they're not waiting for Governor Dennis Daugaard to sign a bill that puts their pit bull ban out of compliance. The controversy's driven the city council to take a closer look at the other animal ordinances they have on the books, and they realize they don't have anything to regulate animal rescue groups.

"It could actually turn out to give us stronger ordinances in the end,” says Roark.

He says they're also considering a law to do background checks on animals and their owners.

"If you've recently moved in from another community and you're bringing an animal with you, then all we have to do is go back to that community, and see if there's an issue,” Roark adds.

The bill's sponsor, State Senator Dan Lederman, of Dakota Dunes, says the new law grants wide authority.

"You can enact certain types of ordinances to prevent accidents or a dog bite from happening. You can have a muzzle ordinance. You can have an ordinance about keeping your dog contained in a confined area,” Lederman explains.

Still Roark says if the state wants to take away the option of breed-bans, then they need to come up with a way to protect people.

"If the state is going to insist on sticking their noses on issues like this, they need to get their heads out of their butts, and do a real solid, I mean a very comprehensive plan,” says Roark.

Governor Daugaard's office says he will take a couple of days to look over the law, but hasn't opposed the it.

Officials in Jefferson and North Sioux City say they enacted their bans as a precaution after Sioux City passed its pit bull ban.

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