Category Archives: Ohio

Archbold OH – Pit Bull Law Will Continue To Be Enforced, Says Village Council

While the State of Ohio may have removed breed specific language in its vicious dog law, Archbold’s own ordinance retains rules about pit bulls.  The Archbold ordinance does not ban the possession of pit bulls in the village outright, but it does require owners to purchase a liability insurance policy on the animals, and restricts how and where the animals may be kept.

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Newark OH – Council May Vote On Vicious Dog Measure Tonight

REMINDER:

NEWARK — City Council could take final action tonight on a proposal to change the city’s vicious dog law by removing pit bulls from the automatic status of vicious or dangerous dog, while still establishing special rules for pit bull breeds.

Council will meet at 7:00 P.M. this evening, this is a second reading of the measure that would require pit bull type dogs to be restricted by a kennel with a lid, a tether or behind a 6-foot fence.

The vote is expected to end in a tie, requiring Council President, Don Ellington, to vote.

Councilman Rath introduced the compromised measure for pit bull type dogs, but other Council members, such as Bill Cost have stated they cannot support the measure as written.

The city’s safety director and animal control officer have both recommended keeping Newark’s current law which automatically identifies any dog deemed ‘pit bull’ to be a vicious dog.

Contact info for public officials—please remember to be respectful—and also be aware that resident input will have the MOST impact on this issue.
DEllingt@newarkohio.net;
JRath@newarkohio.net;
BCostjr@newarkohio.net;
rhonda.loomis@newarkohio.net;
MDGuthrie@newarkohio.net;
DFrost@newarkohio.net; RBubb@newarkohio.net; Dmarmie@newarkohio.net; EHoudesh@newarkohio.net;
CFloyd@newarkohio.net;
SStare@newarkohio.net;
DHufford@newarkohio.net

Newark, OH: Council may consider “compromise” over breed-specific ordinance

MEETING REMINDER:

City Council will have it’s first reading of the revised vicious dog ordinance this evening at 7:00 PM in Council Chambers at City Hall.  Please be in attendance to show support.

Newark, OH:  Council Meeting Reminder:

Council will discuss today two separate communications received pertaining to the request by citizens to repeal it’s breed specific ordinance.    Formal discussion of the proposal is not on today’s agenda, however a letter from Katie Bray Barnett, Esq., an attorney for Best Friends Animal Society, supporting the repeal of Newark’s breed discriminatory law encourages the City to enact a more progressive reckless owner law.  Additionally, an anonymous email received by all council members from a ‘csunbean@aol.com’ has requested that council members schedule a first ever meeting for pit-bull attack victims.

Both of the communications are on today’s meeting agenda.  Residents are encouraged to attend.  There is time designated for comments from citizens directly following the “communications received” portion of the meeting.

The meeting starts at 7:00 P.M. at City Hall. 217 Cynthia Street.
Thank you to Jodi Preis at Bless the Bullys.

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Newark, OH: Council may consider “compromise” over breed-specific ordinance

Newark, OH:  Council Meeting Reminder:

Council will discuss today two separate communications received pertaining to the request by citizens to repeal it’s breed specific ordinance.    Formal discussion of the proposal is not on today’s agenda, however a letter from Katie Bray Barnett, Esq., an attorney for Best Friends Animal Society, supporting the repeal of Newark’s breed discriminatory law encourages the City to enact a more progressive reckless owner law.  Additionally, an anonymous email received by all council members from a ‘csunbean@aol.com’ has requested that council members schedule a first ever meeting for pit-bull attack victims.

Both of the communications are on today’s meeting agenda.  Residents are encouraged to attend.  There is time designated for comments from citizens directly following the “communications received” portion of the meeting.

The meeting starts at 7:00 P.M. at City Hall. 217 Cynthia Street.
Thank you to Jodi Preis at Bless the Bullys.

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Ashtabula, OH: Council exempts adopted dogs from breed ban

Ashtabula council has passed a revised dog ordinance that allows residents to keep “pit bulls” in town IF and ONLY IF the dog was adopted from the Ashtabula County Animal Protective League (APL). Additionally, APL must attest that the “pit bull” is and has never been human or animal aggressive; and the “pit bull” must be neutered, microchipped, and registered with APL and with the county.

All other “pit bulls” will continue to be banned in Ashtabula. We are sorely disappointed that the council did not completely repeal the breed ban. This “compromise” is unnecessarily complicated and arbitrary.

We believe this is the version of the ordinance that passed: Ashtabula Proposed Vicious Dog / Pit Bull Law

Please RESPECTFULLY contact Ashtabula city council, thank them for taking the first step, and ask them to please fully repeal the city’s breed ban.

City Council, 4717 Main Avenue, Ashtabula, Ohio 44004
Phone: (440) 992-7119
Fax:(440) 998-4457
Council Clerk email: lavetteh@cityofashtabula.com
PLEASE ALWAYS BE RESPECTFUL WHEN YOU CORRESPOND WITH COUNCIL.

City Council lifts ban on pit bulls if they are adopted from APL

By SHELLEY TERRY – Star Beacon
August 21, 2012

ASHTABULA — City Council on Monday lifted a ban on owning or harboring a pit bull, but only if the dog is adopted from the Animal Protective League, and has been determined by that organization to be neither people-aggressive nor animal aggressive. […]

Full article retrieved 8/26/12 from http://starbeacon.com/locvid/x257412694/City-Council-lifts-ban-on-pit-bulls-if-they-are-adopted-from-APL

Newark, OH: Council may consider “compromise” over breed-specific ordinance

Residents of Newark, OH, have asked the city to repeal BSL. Newark city council has been extremely reluctant to consider repeal. Councilman Guthrie has suggested that the city consider a “compromise.” At this time, we do not know what that compromise would entail; however, it sounds as if some breed-specific language would be retained.

The next discussion on this issue will be held at the Public Safety Committee meeting on September 24. Hopefully, text of the proposal will be available by then.

Contact info for public officials—please remember to be respectful—and also be aware that resident input will have the MOST impact on this issue.
DEllingt@newarkohio.net; JRath@newarkohio.net; BCostjr@newarkohio.net; rhonda.loomis@newarkohio.net; MDGuthrie@newarkohio.net; DFrost@newarkohio.net; RBubb@newarkohio.net; Dmarmie@newarkohio.net; EHoudesh@newarkohio.net; CFloyd@newarkohio.net; SStare@newarkohio.net; DHufford@newarkohio.net

All alerts for Newark: http://stopbsl.org/?s=newark%2C+oh

Guthrie wants city to consider options on vicious dog law

Aug. 21, 2012

NEWARK — City Councilman Marc Guthrie, D-At Large, chairman of the Safety Committee, said he wants to pursue a potential compromise between the city ordinance and state law on vicious dogs.

[…] The committee will discuss the ordinance in a Sept. 24 meeting, Guthrie said.

Full article retrieved 8/24/12 from http://www.newarkadvocate.com/article/20120821/NEWS01/208210323/Guthrie-wants-city-consider-options-vicious-dog-law

Summit County, OH: Ordinance revisions will not be breed-specific

Although the article below indicates that Summit County is removing language that references specific breeds, I couldn’t actually find any reference to specific breeds in the original county ordinance. Maybe they were talking about the old state law?

Nevertheless, it’s good news that Summit County intends to keep BSL out of their new animal ordinance. The August 27 agenda for Summit County council indicates that this proposal will have a second reading on that date. You can read the full text of the proposed revisions here.

Note: The proposed ordinance only applies to unincorporated areas of the county. Cities within Summit County are unaffected and will continue to follow their own city ordinances.

County proposing updates to animal laws

8/23/2012 – West Side Leader
By Kathleen Folkerth

[…] During Summit County Council’s Rules Committee meeting Aug. 20, members recommended Council adopt the changes, which came about because of House Bill 14 regarding dangerous dogs.

Jason Dodson, chief of staff for County Executive Russ Pry, said the amended ordinance provides definitions of nuisance dogs, dangerous dogs and vicious dogs, and removed references to dogs by breed.[…]

Full article retrieved 8/24/12 from http://www.akron.com/akron-ohio-community-news.asp?aID=16776