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New SD law will hold all dog breeds equal

PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a bill banning dog breed-specific policies in cities and counties.

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These policies often target pit bulls.

Best Friends Animal Society, a national animal welfare group, has applauded the final approval of the law. According to a statement from that group, South Dakota is the 18th state to pass a provision against breed discrimination.

Supporters say the choice of a dog's breed is a personal property right and humans, not the breed, should be held responsible for their dogs' behavior.

But opponents say local governments should maintain the authority to set their own policies on dogs and dog breeds.

Communities can continue to set polices that affect all breeds of dogs.

The law will take effect in July.