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Ohio bill would remove pits from “vicious” list


A proposed bill in the Ohio State House would remove pit bulls from state’s ”vicious dog” law.

Introduced by Rep. Barbara Sears last week, the bill would amend the current law, which deems all pit bulls dangerous and vicious solely on the basis of their breed.

“In the 1970′s it was German Shepherd, in the 80′s Dobermans, in the 90′s it was Rottweilers, now it’s Pit Bulls. Breed specific legislation does not accomplish the goal.” said Sears. “We want to take the focus of the law away from the breed and have it on the behavior of the animal, then hold the owner of the animal accountable.”

The proposed legislation has a zealous opponent in Lucas County Dog Warden, Tom Skeldon, who e-mailed Rep. Sears a case report regarding pit bull mauling deaths in Detroit, Michigan over a 19-year period, according to Fox News. The email contained an autopsy picture of a child.

Skeldon said the picture was necessary to show what the animal is capable of doing.

“The [Vicious Dog] law has been a valuable tool in protecting the public, it puts restrictions on pit bulls, requires the dog to be fenced or caged and requires owners to have liability insurance,” he said. “That would all go away with this law.”

Skeldon says his agency impounded 1354 pit bulls in 2007, compared to 50 in 1993.


Comment from lawguy
Time March 26, 2009 at 9:30 am

I’m from Ohio and I will have to contact my legislator about this. I owned a pit mix awhile back. Rescued it. Didn’t realize what she was until I was told by the neighbors.

The sweetest dog I’ve ever owned. Loved the old people at the nursing home my father lived at the last couple of years of his life.

Always claimed that she was a “mix” which was technically true I guess.

That a dog warden would think that a breed specific law is the way to go is an indication of how little even “professionals” can sometimes know.

Comment from mydogmyah
Time May 14, 2009 at 9:05 am

I live in Ohio and I am an owner of a staffy and have had her for a year. When I first got her I did’nt realize she was considered a pit bull until I was told by my neighbors as well.

I did research and found that they are not as vicous of a dog as the media portrays them and decided to keep her.

Myah is definitely the nicest dog I have ever owned. She loves children and other dogs and I wouldnt trade her for the world.

The dog warden in Lucas county is ridiculous its terrible that some one in that position can discriminate a specific breed I’m glad he is not the dog warden in my county. Whats next Labrador Retrievers…after all the first surgery performed to replace a persons face was due the maulling of a lab but you dont see the media airing reports about that do you?

Comment from Kim
Time October 13, 2009 at 1:03 pm

I am the proud owner and previous breeder of the almighty ones am staff and i love my staffs as well as the children and my 75+year neighbor whom brings them dog biscuits every morning and did so when we moved in not knowing the staffs and them not knowing her welcomed her into the yard and thier territory with open paws and love of slobbers punish the deed not the breed you hear it all the time my oldest male has broken the chain twice and has been taken to doggy jail and they dont want to let him go not because they want to punish the breed but because they want totake him home to keep for themselves i feel the ones we pay as taxpayer might want to start looking at the handbag dogs, the ones with bows in their hair, the ones that follw granny everywhere she goes because dynamite does come in small packages and our big blocks are getting pushed around way to much and they only have us to stand up for them sorry for the rambling but who else do we and our four pawed family members have to stop the bullies

Comment from Lance
Time June 25, 2010 at 9:44 am

Pitbulls are the most loyal dogs a person could ever own. The get a bad rap because some “nuckleheaded” owners don’t train them.

No one wants to report that they were bitten by a poodle so that’s why you hear about Pits.

Get to know them and you’ll see that it’s the media and some of these stupid dog wardens who give this breed a bad rap.

Comment from Nadine
Time January 12, 2011 at 10:58 pm

My son has a pit and this is the most lovable dog I have ever known. He really is a “coward” considering pits are supposed to be vicious. He greets everyone who comes to the door with so much excitement, because there is someone new to play with him. He runs away from other dogs in the neighborhood who are too aggressive. The little Yorkies that live across the street are his best buddies. But, they have bitten their owners son and grandaughter twice already. Just because they are pint sized dogs does not mean that they won’t bite. Our dog loves to sit in our laps and share space at the foot of our beds. He loves to be pampered and does not like to be bullied by other neighborhood dogs. He’ll run to the door and bark to get back inside. He likes his baths and regular pedicures, along with his fresh veggie snacks of cucumbers, tomatos, and apple slices. He loves to snore and sleep on his back cuddled as close to one of us as he can get. LOL! He is always willing to please and is well behaved.

Comment from Rachel
Time January 24, 2011 at 11:04 am

I work for a kennel and I feel its the little pint size dogs that are more likely to bite you. I am a proud owner of a doberman and staffy mix and they are the biggest babies the only thing my pit has showed any aggession to was a purple easter bunny stuffed animal that I got my niece she treated it like the dog from the movie click did to that poor duckie toy

Comment from Keri
Time March 5, 2011 at 4:23 pm

I own two pits and they are both big babies!

Comment from Kat
Time March 18, 2011 at 2:52 pm

I have a red nose and a blue nose pitts. My red one was rescued when he was only 5 weeks old (had to get him that young since his mom died) and is a HUGE baby. He is very spoiled and love kids.
Now my step dad got a little pitty for Christmas (his sister found him behind a hotel abandon). That dog is well mannered and gets along great with cats since my mom has 5 of them.

Comment from pam
Time April 3, 2011 at 7:37 am

I have a pitt the smartest most loving dog ever I also have 7 cats that he just sniffs and they rub on him daily. And he has to talk to all the neighbors and their dogs . Hes funny caring and the biggest lap dog. he thinks hes a pomaranian

Comment from Sue
Time June 1, 2011 at 4:42 pm

I am the proud owner of my 3rd pit, and he is so sweet and lovable at only 9wks old. I had my other 2 for 13yrs and 10yrs and they were the best most loyal dogs they loved everyone but babies were their favorite. My 6yr old son has been around more pits then any other dogs and none of them ever harmed one hair on him. I hope Ohio lifts its narrow minded law regarding these awesome dogs. As for that idiot Dog warden in Lucas County I say we ban him, and with beliefs like his I say he has the wrong job.

Comment from Michael
Time June 3, 2011 at 10:01 am

My fiance was savagely attacked in our garage on June 1st by a pitbull. The same dog attacked another woman walking her dog, crushing her kneecap and causing $40000 dollars worth of medical bills. The owners claim the dog wasn’t theirs and just “stayed” at their house. This breed is a ticking time bomb and needs owtlawed!

Comment from Tonya Torres-Akers
Time June 6, 2011 at 1:53 am

I live in Parma Ohio <3 My pitties and I'm tired of hiding them and only walking them very early in the morning or very late at night just to avoid wrongful breed discrimination. My neighbors love my dogs and my 1.5 yr old daughter loves them. They're just like any other family dogs.

Comment from Heather
Time July 25, 2011 at 12:36 pm

I have had American Pit Bull terriers, Reds and a brindle. We no longer have them as it was a long time ago, but we now have a black gotti/red nose pit bull puppy. They are the FUNNIEST, GOOFIEST, LOVEABLE dogs! My kids would try to ride them, they would get their ears pulled and tails, they are also the SMARTEST dogs I have evr owned. Our puppy is 6 weeks, shes already sitting on command, she also sits in front of the door when she has to go potty. It took me TEN MINUTES to have her sitting on command. TEN MINUTES. Why are our dogs so GREAT? because we are RESPONSIBLE dog owners, not just pit bull owners, DOG owners. We had a jack russel years ago, and he was a biter, raised around our children since 8 weeks old, but grew up into a little brat :) but he bit my friend on the foot in our yard when she came in. ANY DOG IS CAPABLE OF BITING OR ATTACKING! its BAD OWNERS that make this breed look bad. I have also seen fighting dogs who have been confiscated by law enforcement, they are GRAET with people, just not other dogs, but it wasnt their fault. The Pit Bull Terrier was ORIGINALLY bred for hunting big game, like bears. They are a strong, beautiful, intelligent FAMILY DOG, but yes it takes dedication to raise them, they NEED loving disciplin, they can be stubborn. I clap my hands real loud and say NO in a loud stern voice when our dogs do something as small as bark at the cats, just to remind them of whos in charge. DONT JUDGE THIS BREED, id choose a pit bull over a lab or golden any day of the week. :)

Comment from mason
Time September 16, 2011 at 10:16 am

this message is for michael there is nothing wrong with the pitbull breed i have a tuxedo pit and blue and 2 year old son and another on the way and they have not done nothing but give my son kisses and who’s to say that dog could of been a collie or something don’t hate on the breed for bad owners!!!! And i think the lucas county dog warden needs put down like he did to all them pit bulls!!!!!!!!!!

Comment from Ambra
Time December 23, 2011 at 11:48 pm

I cannot say enough how THRILLED I am to see this as even a remote possibility. My Annabelle is mostly pitt and the vet isn’t sure what else she is mixed with. I adopted her when she was 2 months old. She is 7 now. I am 30 years old and live with her in a townhouse and have epilepsy. A few years ago, she started climbing in my lap and nuzzling my neck out of nowhere and sure enough, 5 minutes later, I would have a seizure. One time I woke up at the top of my steps from an apparent seizure and she was in my arms. She literally may very well have saved my life that day. She lets my 3 year old nephew pull her hair out. She loves kids, people, other dogs, cats, is extremely affectionate and submissive and does not run off. So long as they are socialized from a young age and raised knowing who their pack leader is, pitbulls make wonderful family dogs.

Comment from Ambra
Time December 23, 2011 at 11:59 pm

To Michael, that is horrible that you, your fiancee and neighbor had such an awful experience with one dog. Please remember, that’s exactly what it was; a bad experience with one dog. If I were attacked in the night by a psychotic person who was a particular race, for example, that does not mean the entire race is bad. That one person most definitely would be though.

Comment from Sherryl Eberhard
Time January 31, 2012 at 6:42 pm

I own the sweetest , most well behaved pitbull. It is completely unfair that I must retain an insurance policy to own a dog that has never shown the first sign of aggression toward a human or any other animal. It is the law so I abide. UNFAIR!!

Comment from amber
Time February 10, 2012 at 1:01 pm

I love pitts they are so smart and definatley loving. I have a rednose/brendal male pitt 6 months old and a 4 year old brendal female pitt. Very well behaved great around my kids and other people as well as other animals. Responsibility lies with the owners and being that pitts are one of the most loyal dogs in the world they live to please their owners. Any dogs can be vicious depending on the owner so it cant be the entire breed itself because it doesnt make any sense what so ever.

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