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Hearing Set For Breed-Specific Bill In Ohio

Breed Specific bill set for hearing in Ohio.

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A bill that would strike the term “pit bull” from Ohio’s statutory definition of dangerous dogs is set for a hearing before the Ohio House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday, April 14.

Sponsored by Rep. Barbara Sears, R-Lucas County, House Bill 79 changes state law in order to no longer single out “pit bull” dogs as vicious. As currently written, Ohio law states that if a dog “belongs to a breed that is commonly known as a pit bull,” then it is automatically deemed vicious and dangerous.

Ohio is the only state to have statewide breed-specific legislation. Owners of these dogs are required to 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 enabled Ohio municipalities to enact strict ordinances regarding ownership of “pit bulls.”

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