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South Carolina STATEWIDE BSL
« on: April 11, 2008, 05:49:54 PM »
South Carolina House Bill 5010 was introduced today and referred to the House Judiciary Committee.  The proposed bill deletes the provision that a dog is not dangerous solely by virtue of its breed.   The bill specifically notes "pit bulls" by name.  The text of the bill is below.

Please send your POLITE AND RESPECTFUL opposition to the members of the House Judiciary Committee ONLY.  There is no need to flood all the members of the South Carolina House with correspondence on a bill they may or may not be aware of until we know what direction the bill takes in committee.

General e-mail address for House Judiciary Committee:
hju at scstatehouse.net

Sub-Committee Assignment List:
http://www.scstatehouse.net/housesubcomm/JC_Subcommittee_List.doc

Web Page for House Judiciary Committee Members:
http://www.scstatehouse.net/html-pages/housecommlst.html#jud

http://www.scstatehouse.net/cgi-bin/web_bh10.exe?bill1=5010&session=117
http://www.scstatehouse.net/sess117_2007-2008/bills/5010.doc (in Microsoft Word format)

Rep. Duncan: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 47-3-710, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976,  RELATING TO THE DEFINITION OF TERMS USED IN THE REGULATION OF DANGEROUS ANIMALS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT DANGEROUS ANIMALS INCLUDE CERTAIN BREEDS AND SPECIES, INCLUDING PIT BULLS, TO AUTHORIZE BUT NOT REQUIRE, COUNTY GOVERNING BODIES TO DESIGNATE OTHER BREEDS OR SPECIES AS DANGEROUS ANIMALS; AND TO DELETE THE PROVISION THAT AN ANIMAL IS NOT A DANGEROUS ANIMAL SOLELY BY VIRTUE OF ITS BREED OR SPECIES.
Document Name L:\COUNCIL\BILLS\NBD\12246AC08.DOC

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The bill adds this section to the existing law:

(B)    'Dangerous animal' includes, certain breeds or species, which are known to have a propensity, tendency, or disposition to attack unprovoked, cause injury, or otherwise endanger the safety of human beings or domestic animals, including but not limited to, pit bulls. A county governing body may, but is not required to, designate other breeds or  species as dangerous animals; however, such designation is not required for a breed or species to be included in the definition of 'dangerous animal'.

And removes this:

(C)    An animal is not a 'dangerous animal' solely by virtue of its breed or species.


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