Cleveland, OH: Council may vote on BSL repeal, June 6

Cleveland, OH, city council may consider and vote on a repeal of their breed-specific laws on June 6. The proposal passed the Safety Committee this week. Although Ohio must repeal its statewide BSL in order for Cleveland to be truly BSL-free, this proposed ordinance is an important step forward because it removes breed-specific language from Cleveland’s ordinances.

The text of the proposed ordinance may be read here: Cleveland O 712-11

The ordinance may be heard at the June 6 council meeting, 7:00 PM.

Contact info for city hall:
City Hall, 601 Lakeside Avenue, Room 220, Cleveland, Ohio 44114
(216) 664-3837 fax
Clerk of Council Patricia Britt:

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Vicious Dog Law May Change to Target Deed, Not Breed

Ohio Pit Bull Proposal Could Clear ‘Vicious Dog’s’ Name

By Maria Scali, Fox 8 News Reporter
10:06 p.m. EDT, June 1, 2011

CLEVELAND—[…] Cleveland Animal Warden John Baird says it has become increasingly more difficult to identify pit bulls because of mixed breed dogs. “It is not fair to the residents and to responsible dog owners that we use one breed as a vicious dog. We are seeing that any dog can cause a problem,” Chief Baird said.[…]

Cleveland’s Public Safety Committee approved the neutral breed vicious dog ordinance on Wednesday. The measure is expected to go for a vote before the full council at Monday’s meeting.

Full article retrieved 6/3/11 from,0,6639000.story

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