Cincinnati (OH) to Consider BSL Repeal on May 16

The Cincinnati City Council is expected to consider a repeal of the city’s long-standing...

The Cincinnati City Council is expected to consider a repeal of the city’s long-standing breed-specific laws during its meeting on Wednesday, May 16. 

Local residents and those who participate in dog events in Cincinnati are encouraged to consider attending Wednesday’s meeting and also contact the members of the city council and ask them to support the repeal of breed-specific policies.  Scroll down for meeting and council contact information.



Current law bans the ownership, transfer, sale, or harboring of any “pit bull terrier” (defined as Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier or any mixed-breed containing one of these breeds) within city limits. 

The proposed ordinance sponsored by Councilman Chris Seelbach would “remove any and all breed-specific language in…the Cincinnati Municipal Code…”  The proposal also would establish a task force to evaluate the city’s animal control code and make recommendations within 90 days. 

The AKC strongly opposes breed-specific legislation (BSL), and advocates for a definition of dangerous dogs that is based on stated, measurable actions. Laws should establish appropriate penalties on all irresponsible owners, regardless of the breed of dog they own. 


Talking Points:

Despite the ban, the city has unfortunately still had some challenges with dog attacks (including a recent attack on a child by a dog identified as a “pit bull”).  This demonstrates that the breed-specific laws are not an effective solution. 

For talking points, sample letters, and AKC policy statements on this issue, visit the AKC Government Relations Toolbox and view the resources under the "Breed-Specific Legislation/Dangerous Dogs" section.


How You Can Help:

  • Attend the Cincinnati City Council meeting on Wednesday, May 16, and respectfully ask the members to support the repeal of breed-specific laws.  The meeting information is as follows:

Cincinnati City Council Meeting

Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Time: 1:30 p.m. **

Location: Cincinnati City Hall

801 Plum Street

Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

** Public comment period is from 1:30-2:00 and speakers are limited to 2 minutes.  If you wish to speak, you must sign up to speak with the Clerk of Council prior to 1:30 p.m.

  • Contact the members of the Cincinnati City Council prior to the May 16 meeting and respectfully ask them to support the repeal.  You can send one e-mail to the whole council at: or click here to view the contact information for individual councilmembers.


AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) will continue to monitor this proposal and task force and provide more information as it becomes available. 

For questions or more information, contact AKC GR at (919) 816-3720 or