Draconian Ohio Breed-Specific Bill Introduced

Ohio House Bill 568, introduced by Representative Tyrone Yates of Cincinnati, seeks to prohibit...

Ohio House Bill 568, introduced by Representative Tyrone Yates of Cincinnati, seeks to prohibit the ownership, keeping, or harboring of a dog that "belongs to a breed that is commonly known as a pit bull dog."  Furthermore, if this bill is passed and adopted into law, all such dogs will be seized and euthanized.  It is imperative that all concerned dog owners in Ohio contact their elected representatives and express their vehement opposition to this draconian legislation.

The American Kennel Club supports reasonable, enforceable, non-discriminatory laws to govern the ownership of dogs.  The AKC believes that dog owners should be responsible for their dogs.  We support laws that: establish a fair process by which specific dogs are identified as "dangerous" based on stated, measurable actions; impose appropriate penalties on irresponsible owners; and establish a well-defined method for dealing with dogs proven to be dangerous.  The American Kennel Club strongly opposes any legislation that determines a dog to be "dangerous" based on specific breeds or phenotypic classes of dogs. 

HB 568 unacceptably provides that:

  • No person shall own, keep, or harbor a dog that belongs to a breed that is commonly known as a pit bull dog. 
  • No later than 90 days after the effective date of this bill, a person who owns, keeps, or harbor a pit bull dog will be forced to surrender the dog to a dog warden. 
  • Within ten days of surrender, the dog warden shall euthanize the dog. 
  • If an officer has probable cause to believe that a dog is a pit bull, the officer may apply for a search warrant.  After obtaining a search warrant, an officer shall seize the dog and transfer the dog to the dog warden, who shall euthanize the dog within 10 days. 

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

All concerned Ohio dog owners should contact their elected representatives and express their strong opposition to HB 568.  To find your elected representatives, click here

For more information, please contact AKC's Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720, or e-mail doglaw@akc.org.