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SD panel OKs bill against dog breed specific bans

PIERRE (AP) — A South Dakota panel has advanced a bill to keep cities from passing policies that target specific dog breeds.

The debate on Thursday lasted over an hour, pitting property rights against local control.

The House Local Government Committee voted 10-3 to approve the bill. It has already been approved by the Senate.

Supporters say owners, not specific dogs, are responsible for dog attacks. They say law enforcement would struggle to identify specific breeds. They say owners have a right to choose their dog's breed.

Opponents say many municipalities have policies on specific breeds and the issue should be handled locally. Others say insurance companies set policies against specific breeds and will continue to do so.

Legislators mingled after the hearing sharing stories about their own dogs.

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