Ohio May Redefine ‘Vicious Dog’

Lawmaker seeks to take out “pit bulls” from state’s statutory definition.

Posted: March 23, 2009, 5 a.m. EDT

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An Ohio lawmaker wants to get pit bulls off the state’s definition of “vicious dog” in state law.

Rep. Barbara Sears, R-Sylvania, introduced House Bill 79, which strikes "pit bull" from Ohio's statutory definition of dangerous dogs. As it reads now, the law states that if a dog “belongs to a breed that is commonly known as a pit bull dog” then it’s automatically deemed vicious and dangerous and the owner must submit reports to the board of health and county dog warden whenever there is a transfer of ownership.

A vicious dog, as defined in the state law, has killed or seriously injured a person, or another dog, without provocation. A vicious dog doesn’t include a police dog that has killed or injured any person while the dog is being used to help law enforcement officers perform their duties.

HB 79, in addition to removing pit bulls from the state’s definition of a vicious dog, would also eliminate the following language: “The ownership, keeping, or harboring of such a breed of dog shall be prima facie evidence of the ownership, keeping, or harboring of a vicious dog.”

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Emily   columbus, OH

2/18/2012 12:40:07 PM

I'm a proud owner of a "pit bull" breed dog. He's the biggest baby and loves kids. Any dog can bite and harm people and other dogs. I have owned many larger breed dogs and all have been outstanding loyal dogs. If the proper reaserch is done people can see that the most "harmful" dogs have the best temperment and are actually better to have around children. As for police dogs there should be no exceptions if a dog harms a person reguardless of its job it should be considered vicious. People need to understand that if a dog "snaps" or is "vicious" its because of the owner and/or the environment and how its raised. Any type of dog can be a good, loving and loyal family dog. I'll say this...I LOVE MY AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER!!!

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mln   marion, OH

1/18/2012 3:13:35 PM

any dog can be a bad dog, I havent seen one pit bull that has been bad, its all in the way you raise them, some kids turn out bad but we still have to raise them

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Niki   Akron, OH

2/22/2010 1:20:19 PM

As for the Pit who killed Jessica's small dog, she said "The owner just stood there and
watched."
This is another example of irresponsible people giving a bad name to the
breed.
We need to enforce leash laws, and harsher punishments towards ALL breeds, not just "vicious" breeds.

Pits make a wonderful pet when trained and treated fairly.


I Hope This Bill Passes. I've tried finding information online about it, but it appears to be sitting in the House. Please contact your legislator and tell him or her that you want them to keep pushing this bill. It's unconstitutional to prevent due process, and wrong to single out specific breeds, when all dogs are capable of hurting someone.

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LIZ   BROOK PARK, OH

2/8/2010 10:25:13 AM

IT'S ON ALL THE WAY YOU TRAIN YOUR
DOG!!!!
SO LET'S GET OVER THIS DARN VACIOUS DOG
LAWS!!!!
PEOPLE ARE VICIOUS, THINK ABOUT IT!!!!

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