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Ohio HB 14, which would repeal statewide breed discrimination, is tentatively scheduled for a committee vote next week. That very important vote could make or break the passage of the bill. Please continue to encourage the committee to vote for HB 14 (contact info below the article). We will issue a reminder alert early next week.
‘Pit bull’ friends, foes clash at hearing to change Ohio law
BY JIM PROVANCE
BLADE COLUMBUS BUREAU CHIEF
COLUMBUS — Animal-rights activists and dog owners Tuesday urged lawmakers to end Ohio’s discrimination against the ”pit bull” based primarily on its appearance.
But victims and witnesses to ”pit bull” attacks argued the breed is not like other dogs and should retain its distinction under Ohio’s 24-year-old law as the only type of dog singled out as inherently “vicious.”[…]
Critics of the current law argued that there is no true ”pit bull” breed and that the law allows authorities to unscientifically label a dog based on its appearance rather than its behavior.
Opponents of proposed House Bill 14 say it wouldn’t impose the most stringent of restrictions on a ”pit bull” until after it had already seriously injured a person. […]
Full article retrieved 12/8/11 from http://www.toledoblade.com/State/2011/12/07/Pit-bull-friends-foes-clash-at-hearing-to-change-Ohio-law.html
Contact the Senate Judiciary Committee and urge them to pass HB 14 out of committee:
SD02@senate.state.oh.us; SD22@senate.state.oh.us; SD25@maild.sen.state.oh.us; SD12@senate.state.oh.us; SD09@maild.sen.state.oh.us; SD27@senate.state.oh.us; SD29@senate.state.oh.us; SD33@maild.sen.state.oh.us; SD08@senate.state.oh.us
Link to Senate Judiciary Committee:
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The full text of HB 14 as reported from the House can be read here: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=129_HB_14