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.
Posted by John Woestendiek March 25th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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