NEWARK — City Council could take final action tonight on a proposal to change the city’s vicious dog law by removing pit bulls from the automatic status of vicious or dangerous dog, while still establishing special rules for pit bull breeds.
Council will meet at 7:00 P.M. this evening, this is a second reading of the measure that would require pit bull type dogs to be restricted by a kennel with a lid, a tether or behind a 6-foot fence.
The vote is expected to end in a tie, requiring Council President, Don Ellington, to vote.
Councilman Rath introduced the compromised measure for pit bull type dogs, but other Council members, such as Bill Cost have stated they cannot support the measure as written.
The city’s safety director and animal control officer have both recommended keeping Newark’s current law which automatically identifies any dog deemed ‘pit bull’ to be a vicious dog.
Contact info for public officials—please remember to be respectful—and also be aware that resident input will have the MOST impact on this issue.
DFrost@newarkohio.net; RBubb@newarkohio.net; Dmarmie@newarkohio.net; EHoudesh@newarkohio.net;