Ohio House Committee to Consider Repeal of Statewide BSL on April 14

The Ohio House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee has scheduled a public hearing on...

The Ohio House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee has scheduled a public hearing on House Bill 79 for Wednesday, April 14.  This bill, sponsored by Representative Barbara Sears of Lucas County, removes the term "pit bull" from Ohio’s statutory definition of dangerous dogs. 

Ohio is currently the only state to have enacted statewide breed-specific legislation.  The current law states that if a dog "belongs to a breed that is commonly known as a pit bull", then it is automatically considered vicious and dangerous. Owners of these dogs must submit reports to the board of health and county dog warden whenever there is a transfer of ownership. Breed-specific language in state law has also enabled local Ohio municipalities to enact strict ordinances regarding ownership of "pit bulls" and has led to the ban and euthanasia of numerous dogs in communities throughout the state.

The American Kennel Club strongly supports House Bill 79 and recognizes that dangerous dogs should be defined by their deeds, not their breed. The AKC urges communities to establish a fair process by which specific dogs may be 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 AKC strongly opposes any legislation that determines a dog to be "dangerous" based on its breed or type, and applauds the Ohio representatives who seek to remove this discriminatory language from state law.  The AKC encourages Ohioans to contact the members of the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee and ask them to support this measure.

Read AKC talking points on breed-specific legislation.

Read AKC article "Why Breed-Specific Legislation Doesn’t Work"


How You Can Help:

  • Attend the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee hearing on Wednesday, April 14, and express your support for House Bill 79.  The hearing information is as follows:
     

    Date:  Wednesday, April 14, 2010
    Time:  9:30 a.m.* (The Chairman’s office requests that attendees who wish to speak arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the hearing.) 
    Location:  Ohio Statehouse
    Room 018
    77 S. High Street
    Columbus, Ohio 43215
    Cash is required for parking
     

    * If you would like to speak at the hearing, you must complete a Witness Slip and provide written copies of your remarks.  Please submit the witness slip and remarks to Michelle Dempsey in Chairman Domenick’s office (Michelle.Dempsey@ohr.state.oh.us) by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13, or bring the completed Witness Slip and 30 copies of your remarks to the hearing.
     

  • Contact the committee members and ask them to support House Bill 79. 
     

    Rep. John Domenick (Chair)
    77 S. High Street, 12th Floor
    Columbus, Ohio 43215
    Phone: (614) 466-3735
    Fax: (614) 719-6995
    E-mail: district95@ohr.state.oh.us              


    Rep. Allan Sayre (Vice Chair)
    77 S. High Street, 14th Floor
    Columbus, Ohio 43215
    Phone: (614) 466-8035
    Fax: (614) 719-6996
    E-mail: district96@ohr.state.oh.us


    Rep. James Zehringer (Ranking Minority Member)
    77 S. High Street, 11th Floor
    Columbus, Ohio 43215
    Phone: (614) 466-6344
    Fax: (614) 719-3977
    E-mail: district77@ohr.state.oh.us


    Rep. Richard Adams
    77 S. High Street, 10th Floor
    Columbus, Ohio 43215
    Phone: (614) 466-8114
    Fax: (614) 719-3979
    E-mail: district79@ohr.state.oh.us


    Rep. Troy Balderson
    77 S. High Street, 11th Floor
    Columbus, Ohio 43215
    Phone: (614) 644-6014
    Fax: (614) 719-6994
    E-mail: district94@ohr.state.oh.us


    Rep. Linda Bolon
    77 S. High Street, 13th Floor
    Columbus, Ohio 43215
    Phone: (614) 466-8022
    Fax: (614) 719-6971
    E-mail: district01@ohr.state.oh.us


    Rep. Terry Boose
    77 S. High Street, 10th Floor
    Columbus, Ohio 43215
    Phone: (614) 466-9628
    Fax: (614) 719-3958
    E-mail: district58@ohr.state.oh.us


    Rep. Timothy Derickson
    77 S. High Street, 11th Floor
    Columbus, Ohio 43215
    Phone: (614) 644-5094
    Fax: (614) 719-6953
    E-mail: district53@ohr.state.oh.us


    Rep. Dan Dodd
    77 S. High Street, 11th Floor
    Columbus, Ohio 43215
    Phone: (614) 466-2500
    Fax: (614) 719-6991
    E-mail: district91@ohr.state.oh.us


    Rep. Jennifer Garrison
    77 S. High Street, 14th Floor
    Columbus, Ohio 43215
    Phone: (614) 644-8728
    Fax: (614) 719-6993
    E-mail: district93@ohr.state.oh.us


    Rep. Dave Hall
    77 S. High Street, 11th Floor
    Columbus, Ohio 43215
    Phone: (614) 466-2994
    Fax: (614) 719-6997
    E-mail: district97@ohr.state.oh.us


    Rep. Cliff Hite
    77 S. High Street, 11th Floor
    Columbus, Ohio 43215
    Phone: (614) 466-3819
    Fax: (614) 719-6997
    E-mail: district76@ohr.state.oh.us


    Rep. Dennis Murray
    77 S. High Street, 13th Floor
    Columbus, Ohio 43215
    Phone: (614) 644-6011
    Fax: (614) 719-6980
    E-mail: district80@ohr.state.oh.us


    Rep. Deborah Newcomb
    77 S. High Street, 13th Floor
    Columbus, Ohio 43215
    Phone: (614) 466-1405
    Fax: (614) 719-6999
    E-mail: district99@ohr.state.oh.us


    Rep. Mark Okey
    77 S. High Street, 11th Floor
    Columbus, Ohio 43215
    Phone: (614) 466-1464
    Fax: (614) 719-3961
    E-mail: district61@ohr.state.oh.us


    Rep. Raymond Pryor
    77 S. High Street, 11th Floor
    Columbus, Ohio 43215
    Phone: (614) 644-7928
    Fax: (614) 719-6985
    E-mail: district85@ohr.state.oh.us


    Rep. Margaret Ruhl
    77 S. High Street, 11th Floor
    Columbus, Ohio 43215
    Phone: (614) 466-1431
    Fax: (614) 719-6990
    E-mail: district90@ohr.state.oh.us


    Rep. Jeff Wagner
    77 S. High Street, 10th Floor
    Columbus, Ohio 43215
    Phone: (614) 466-1374
    Fax: (614) 719-6981
    E-mail: district81@ohr.state.oh.us


    Rep. W. Carlton Weddington
    77 S. High Street, 11th Floor
    Columbus, Ohio 43215
    Phone: (614) 466-5343
    Fax: (614) 719-3581
    E-mail: district27@ohr.state.oh.us

 

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