OHIO UPDATE: House Passes Bill to Repeal BSL
Yesterday (June 28), the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 14 which would remove the breed-specific language that has been in statute for over 20 years.
The bill also modifies the state’s dangerous dog laws by clarifying the difference between dangerous and vicious dogs, and to add a classification for "nuisance dog." While there are some concerns with the bill as currently written, the sponsor has committed to working with the AKC and local dog owners to address these few issues when the bill is considered in the Senate.
Responsible dog owners are urged to contact their Senator to express support for finally removing the breed-specific language from state law and restoring the rights of numerous Ohio dog owners. Visit the Ohio General Assembly web page and select “Senate” and type in your zip code in the “Locating Legislators” section to find the name and contact information for your Senator.
We also encourage you to see how your Representative voted on House Bill 14. If they voted “yes”, please take a moment to thank them for supporting responsible dog ownership.
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. The term “pit bull” is not defined, and left open for broad interpretation by local animal control officials.
Owners of these dogs must comply with numerous regulations, regardless of whether the dog is actually a problem in the community. The 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.
For more information, contact AKC’s Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720, or e-mail email@example.com.