Well, seems as though pit bulls finally have an ally in the Ohio House of Representatives. Barbara Sears (R), has introduced HB 79, a bill to amend section 955.11 of the ORC to remove pit bulls from the definition of “vicious dog” in state law.
Section 955.11 currently reads:
(4)(a)”Vicious dog” means a dog that, without provocation and subject to division (A)(4)(b) of this section, meets any of the following:
(iii) Belongs to a breed that is commonly known as a pit bull dog. 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.
Ridiculous, right? Ohio is the only state to have state-wide BSL. But Representative Sears, along with co-sponsors Representatives Skindell, Stebelton, Wachtmann are trying to strike (4)(a)(iii) out of the law entirely. This is a big opportunity for Ohio pit bull owners to speak up and make a stand. It’s time for people to stop taking the “well, somebody else will write a letter” approach. If you live in Ohio and feel pit bulls should not be automatically declared vicious, I STRONGLY encourage you, BEG YOU, to write letters to your local Representatives. Not sure who your local State Rep is? Click here and enter your zip code.
I cannot emphasize strongly enough how important it is that we all band together and do our part to get this bill passed. If you don’t live in Ohio but have friends and/or family that do, encourage them to write letters. Your letters should be free of emotion and quote statistics from websites such as the American Temperament Testing Society and other professional organizations. Need ideas/assistance on what to write? Check the American Dog Owner Association’s website.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to post them in the comments section and I’ll do my best to answer them. But please, PLEASE do something.