|Ms. Maysie smiling on command.|
Saturday, February 9, 2013
I called all the veterinarian clinics in the Black Hills fearing she was stolen for a hunting dog and I put ads in newspapers from Aberdeen to Yankton and Spearfish to Sioux Falls offering a $500 reward if she was returned. We received numerous calls from all over the state but none were successful. Days turned into weeks and we finally came to the conclusion that our Maysie was gone.
We prayed that who ever had her was taking care of her and would love her as much as we did. One month later we received a call from someone who said, "we think we found your dog in our shed". The rest will haunt us forever.
I hope by sharing Maysie’s story, other South Dakotans will understand why we need felony-level penalties for malicious and intentional acts of torture. People who commit these horrific acts could be a danger to the community and should receive a mental health evaluation and counseling so they will not later offend against humans. Please join me in supporting SB 171 to protect our pets and communities. We offer a special thank you to Shari Kosel for leading this long and sometimes frustrating effort to change South Dakota animal cruelty laws in memory of Maysie and many others who have suffered needlessly.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Today an article in the Mitchell Daily Republic described Jim Krantz’s efforts to spread a message in opposition to animal advocacy in South Dakota. Krantz is a cow/calf field specialist with South Dakota State University and recently made a presentation to the Mitchell Lions Club.
According to the article Krantz said “they think we need a felony penalty for that, and I’m not here to argue that.” Krantz goes on to say “he feels such changes should come from South Dakotans, not from the HSUS…”
Guess what Mr. Krantz… SB 171 was created by South Dakotans and is supported by South Dakotans. No national organization (not HSUS) is affiliated with this bill. It is also important to note all of SD’s neighboring states recognized the link between animal cruelty and human violence 10-20 years ago. We believe it is time SD became the 49th state in the country with felony-level penalties to protect our pets and communities from violent offenders. Mr. Krantz and his Ag groups would know this if they would respond to SDFACT’s invitations to discuss SB 171.
The bottom line is Ag entities have no intention of coming to the table with South Dakotans to pass meaningful laws. Instead Mr. Krantz of South Dakota State University is wasting state resources to take down South Dakota animal advocates in order to block the passage of SB 171. Join us in voicing our frustration by contacting South Dakota State University President David Chicoine to let him know you are a South Dakota taxpayer and believe Mr. Krantz’s efforts are a waste of state resources.
With individuals like Mr. Krantz labeling South Dakotans as extreme animal rights activists, you can bet our battle to pass SB 171 will be even more difficult. This misinformation continues to detract from the merits of the bill so it is even more important to let members of the Senate Ag Committee know SB 171 excludes hunting, fishing, trapping and animal agriculture and it protects pets and South Dakota communities from violent offenders.