Oakwood, OH: Proposed ordinance is BSL

On June 13, Oakwood city council considered a vicious dog ordinance that is breed-specific. Although Oakwood is in Ohio, and therefore, all “pit bulls” are automatically considered “vicious” dogs per state law, the ordinance proposed in Oakwood contains breed-specific language. Therefore, even if Ohio state law is repealed, Oakwood would still consider “pit bulls” to be “vicious” dogs.

In fact, Oakwood goes further than state law by defining “pit bull” as Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and mixes of these breeds. The city places additional restrictions on the ownership of any of these kinds of dogs.

You may read the full text of the proposed ordinance here: Oakwood dog ordinance

Per the mayor, the council will consider the proposed ordinance again during the July 11 city council meeting at the City Building at 30 Park Avenue. A work session before the meeting begins at 6:00 PM. The meeting begins at 7:30 PM. The work session and the council meeting are both open to the public.

Please contact Oakwood city council and ask them to remove the breed-specific language from the proposed ordinance. (Click the links for each council member to find an online contact form) http://www.ci.oakwood.oh.us/index.php?option=com_contact&catid=46&Itemid=3

Thanks to Molly for the heads up on this one!


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