Ohio state law currently considers all “pit bulls” (defined as “any dog commonly known as a pit bull”) to be “vicious” dogs, and places special ownership restrictions and requirements on all dogs identified as “pit bulls.”
Ohio Representative Barbara Sears has filed HB 14, which would remove the breed-specific language from state law, meaning that “pit bulls” would be treated like any other dog, and “pit bull” owners would be treated like any other dog owner.
This bill was filed last year as HB 79 and passed the state house as HB 55, but did not pass the Senate in time. Sears has refiled the bill for the current legislative session. It must pass hearings, the House, and the Senate to become law.
This bill needs strong, loud public support in order to pass. Please contact your Ohio state legislators and ask them to support this law.
StopBSL will provide updates as this bill moves through the legislative process, but Ohio residents need to be extremely proactive. Similar efforts in previous years have all failed.
You may read the bill here: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=129_HB_14
You may track the bill here: http://lsc.state.oh.us/coderev/hou129.nsf/House+Bill+Number/0014?OpenDocument