Motorcycle Mania Town
Sturgis, SD - The City of Sturgis hosts the largest annual biker rally in the country, attracting over 375,000 bikers. It's a wild, wild party. The rest of the year, the town is populated with about 6,000 normal South Dakotans. The city recently and unanimously passed an ordinance placing regulations on the owners of pit bulls.
According to Sturgis Animal Control Officer Curt Nulle, the number of attacks on dogs and humans by pit bulls has steadily increased in the past few years. Nulle's statistics show pit bulls have been the main breed responsible for canine attack incidents within the city. In fact, he said there's been one pit bull attack on a human and one on another dog just since the council's last meeting.
Sturgis Pit Bull Ordinance
- Pit bulls must be securely confined indoors, or in a secure enclosed fence, pen or kennel.
- When outside the enclosure, the pit bull must be on a leash no longer than four feet
- Owners cannot keep the dog on the leash outside the kennel area unless the owner is in physical control of it (no chaining)
- Owners will be required to carry $250,000 of liability insurance
- A sign must be placed on their property stating the breed of the dog
- Identification photographs of the dog must be supplied to animal control
Nulle added that because of breeding and genetics, pit bulls have aggression issues and that passing this ordinance will help reduce attacks and ensure the safety of Sturgis residents. Mr. Nulle will certainly be nominated for a DogsBite.org award at the end of the year.
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