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OHIO UPDATE: Senate Committee to Consider BSL Repeal TOMORROW (12/6)

(Monday, December 05, 2011)

The AKC has learned that the Senate Judiciary Committee will take public testimony tomorrow on 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 certain provisions of the bill as currently written, it is understood that some amendments may be offered.

Responsible Ohio dog owners are encouraged to attend the Judiciary Committee hearing if possible and also to contact the committee members regarding this important piece of legislation. Scroll down for hearing and contact information.

Summary:

Current law defines a “vicious dog” in part as any dog that “belongs to a breed that is commonly known as a pit bull dog”. House Bill 14 would finally remove this language and restore the rights of responsible dog owners and innocent dogs in Ohio.

The bill also makes numerous changes, including adding definitions of “dangerous dog” and “nuisance dog”, and creating a process by which an owner may appeal their dog’s designation.

The AKC strongly supports removing the breed-specific language, and has requested that some amendments be made to the bill to ensure it is as fair and reasonable as possible for responsible dog owners. Please read AKC’s letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee for more information.

How You Can Help

  • Attend the Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, December 6. Although no vote will be taken at this hearing, it is an opportunity for the committee to hear from the public on this important issue. The hearing information is as follows:

    Ohio Senate Judiciary Committee
    Tuesday, December 6, 2011
    3:15 p.m.
    Ohio State Capitol Building, North Hearing Room
    One Capitol Square
    Columbus, Ohio

    ** Please bring at least 30 copies of your written testimony

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