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KOTA Territory lawmakers express opposition to animal cruelty bill

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Just a couple dozen people turned out for Saturday morning's legislative cracker barrel in Deadwood.

The forum with two District 31 lawmakers lasted less than an hour and didn't cover very many issues.
 
One bill that did come up was Senate Bill 171, a measure that would make animal cruelty a felony.

With the passage in North Dakota of similar legislation Friday, South Dakota is the only state where it's not a felony.

Neither of the lawmakers at the forum support the proposal, but SDFACT member Shari Kosel still has some hope it'll pass. 
 
"I think it's slim," she said, "but we're really trying. If you know who we are, we're local, we're grassroots, we're not out of the state. We've all experienced it in one way or another."
 
South Dakota legislative leaders decided Saturday to push back next week's sessions a day because of the storm threatening the area.

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