Ashtabula, OH: City to keep breed ban, except for adopted dogs

Ashtabula, OH, has a breed ban on “pit bulls,” defined as American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, and Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and any mixed breed of such, and any dog that looks like a pit bull.

The Ashtabula County Animal Protective League (APL) has been pushing the city to repeal its breed ban so that APL can adopt out “pit bull”-looking dogs throughout the county. The city of Ashtabula has agreed to compromise with APL… sort of.

Rather than repeal their ban completely, Ashtabula has agreed to allow residents to keep “pit bulls” in town IF and ONLY IF the dog was adopted from APL. Additionally, APL must attest that the “pit bull” is and has never been human or animal aggressive; and the “pit bull” must be neutered, microchipped, and registered with APL and with the county.

While we appreciate the efforts that APL has made to try to repeal the ban and improve “pit bull” adoption rates, the city’s “compromise” falls seriously short in many ways: enforcement will be a bureaucratic nightmare, residents won’t grasp the superficial distinction between a “legal pit bull” and a “banned pit bull,” and, when it’s all said and done, it’s STILL BSL, it’s STILL a breed ban, and people are STILL being discriminated against based solely on what their dog looks like.

The current draft of Ashtabula’s proposed dog ordinance can be read here (received from city clerk, 7-17-2012, and subject to change): Ashtabula Proposed Vicious Dog / Pit Bull Law

Please RESPECTFULLY contact Ashtabula city council, thank them for taking the first step, explain why their “compromise” falls short, and ask them to please fully repeal the city’s breed ban.

City Council, 4717 Main Avenue, Ashtabula, Ohio 44004
Phone: (440) 992-7119
Fax:(440) 998-4457
Council Clerk email:


3 responses to “Ashtabula, OH: City to keep breed ban, except for adopted dogs

  1. Please don’t be close minded about this issue. It is never the breed, it is always the deed.

  2. unfriggen believable

  3. Mindy Meaney

    I think it is wonderful to allow Ashtabula residents to own pitbulls, however the way they are having to go about it is wrong. Their are many dogs that need good homes that are not currently at the A.P.L.; as long as the rules still apply to have rabies shots. spayed and a micro- chip it should not matter if they rescued a dog on the side of the road starving and needing love. Come on people any animal can be mean it is the way they are treated. Instead of taking lives we should be saving lives!!!