Lakewood, OH: Breed ban language to be clarified

In response to a lawsuit, Lakewood city council intends to “clarify”—not repeal—the language of their two-year-old breed ban. Ironically, the Public Safety Committee will rewrite the language, but does not intend to examine the effectiveness of the ban in terms of public safety.

Residents and locals are encouraged to attend the city council meetings, and ask difficult and important questions about the ban: How much safer are we? Where are the bite statistics? Why aren’t you considering a repeal, especially in light of HB 14 and Cleveland? How do you justify the breed misidentification issues that are occurring?

City Council meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month, at 7:30 PM, in Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 12650 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, OH. Next council meeting: July 5.

Public Safety Committee Members: Monique Smith, Shawn Juris, Brian Powers
shawn.juris@lakewoodoh.net; monique.smith@lakewoodoh.net; brian.powers@lakewoodoh.net
Contact entire council: council@lakewoodoh.net
City Council, Lakewood City Hall, 12650 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107
(216) 529-6055 

Lakewood City Council Revisits Pit Bull Legislation

Measure before council aims to clarify language in 2008 ordinance.

By Colin McEwen, June 21, 2011

Pit bulls are illegal in Lakewood, along with other dogs that are deemed dangerous.

That legislation passed Lakewood City Council nearly two years ago after some heated debate and a divided city.

On Monday, council brought up the issue again — but this time to clarify the language in the ordinance.

Specifically, the legislation before council seeks to outline the appeals process and the obligations of the city — as well as the rights and obligations of dog owners. […]

Full article retrieved 6/22/11 from http://lakewood-oh.patch.com/articles/lakewood-city-council-revisits-pit-bull-legislation

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