Comments on Hearing Set for Dog Breed-Specific Bill in Ohio

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Jewel   Hazel Crest, IL

6/23/2010 9:56:33 PM

was it Michael Vick who started to make the Pit Bulls a bad name? it's such a shame that the media also have given that breed a bad name as well. most of those 'Pits' that i met @ work were very friendly except for the 1 that was very sick due to Parvo that he kept growling @ me... the only dogs that bit me were an angry Chihuahua & a senile English Springer Spaniel.

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K   Lake Havasu City, AZ

4/21/2010 12:25:10 AM

"Breed specific" legislation is unscientific and is based on ignorance, fear and media sensationalism. I'm in my late 50s. When I was little, everyone was terrified of dobies and German shepherds. Now it's "pit bulls". Make animal abuse and animal fighting felonies in all states, enforce those laws, and punish the humans. I'm an atty and I love the 'bully breeds'. Anyone who knows dogs knows that this kind of legislation is just ridiculous.

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John   Austin, TX

4/19/2010 8:40:26 PM

People should know that "pit bulls" are specifically bred to be GENTLE AND FRIENDLY towards humans, but dangerous towards dogs. This is because in fighting rings, the dogs need to be easy to handle and friendly to humnas, otherwise, their handlers would be mauled. The state legislature should know that. But, if properly socialized and trained, pit bulls can be extremely loving towards other dogs too.

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Jane   Philadelphia, PA

4/14/2010 4:56:38 PM

I have owned a Rottweiler and Pitbull. Both were the greatest dogs. I feel that in some ways having these laws in place will actually be a good thing for the breed because perhaps it will show that the breed is not a vicious. A responsible owner will submit any paperwork necessary to assure they are following the law and keeping their dog "protected". I worked in a rescue with many different breeds and was attacked once... by a little hot dog (dachshund).

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Melissa   Farmington, NM

4/14/2010 6:36:58 AM

I have worked with dogs for 5 years and breed does not matter. the meanest dog I ever met was a husky. I have never had a problem with a pit bull. I don;t think it is fair to judge on breed. That's just like judging a person by race.

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Cheryl   Kansas City, KS

4/14/2010 6:04:59 AM

I don't believe any one breed is more dangerous than another. It all depends on how they are raised.

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

4/13/2010 11:11:23 PM

There should be no breed definition of a dangerous dog. Only dangerous dog owners and they should be prohibited from owning pets. Or having kids.

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sk   nh, CT

4/13/2010 10:34:00 PM

thanks for info

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momo   anaheim, CA

4/13/2010 9:05:23 PM

interesting

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Stephanie   North Canton, OH

4/13/2010 9:01:01 PM

Interesting.

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Kim   Flemington, NJ

4/13/2010 10:15:32 AM

I hate these dog laws. There is no such thing as a bad or dangerous breed, only stupid/inexperienced owners. Hopefully, people begin to understand this!

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Laurel   Minneapolis, MN

4/13/2010 10:04:15 AM

I believe removing any breed specific language from Ohio law is the right thing to
do.
No breed is dangerous only individual dogs and laws need to address action not appearance.

No US citizen should be subjected to unjustified additional expense, and governmental intrusion when they and their dog(s) have done nothing
wrong.
No one should find themselves stigmatized and victimized and harassed because of the type of dog they
have.
With unfair BSL in place I would no longer feel safe and welcome nor would I want to stop and spend money in Ohio while traveling back and forth from my home in MN to my home in CA with my Rottweiler service dog and my Pitbull pet.

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Fay   San Rafael, CA

4/13/2010 8:42:19 AM

My prayers are that common sense and sensibility will prevail in Ohio. Dogs are not dangerous because of looks, they can be dangerous however based on who their owners are. Until OWNERS are held accountable for the actions of dogs THEY own, public safety will never be enhanced and thousands of good dogs will be killed and thousands of great owners turned into 2nd class citizens. Prayers are lifted HIGH that Ohio ends their Witch Hunt.

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