Category Archives: Partial repeal

Newark Ohio amends breed discriminatory law

Officials in Newark Ohio voted 8-1, at their last meeting, to amend the current breed discriminatory law.  Initially this was to be the first reading of the proposal, however, council moved to make the vote final since some members of the council would be leaving soon with the end of the term close.

The amended law would allow people with targeted dogs to apply for the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certificate in order to be allowed to manage their dogs without certain restrictions.  The dog will need to be tested annually in order to maintain their status.

Dogs who receive their CGC will be allowed to be walked without a muzzle and will not longer be considered a vicious dog by default.  These dogs must be on leash at all times.  Newark does not have a leash law that applies to all dogs.

With the current designation of a vicious dog by default, owners of targeted dogs must have a special registration, insurance, muzzling and confinement requirements met in order to keep their dogs.

The changes received opposition from the Police Chief, who cited concerns about enforcement.  The one opposing vote from the council used the stance of the Police Chief as the reason for his opposition.  It is interesting that difficulty of enforcement would be a primary point of opposition, considering the difficulties in enforcing any form of breed discriminatory legislation.   

While this is certainly a step in the right direction, there are many things that need to be addressed in Newark’s dangerous dog law.  Perhaps this was not the time for the conversation, but it is a conversation that is needed, and one that will have to be had in the near future if officials want to make an impact on dog bites in the community.

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Bloomer WI replaces breed ban with restrictions

Bloomer WI was approached by a resident to remove their pit bull ban earlier this year.

In 2012, Bloomer amended the ban to allow dogs that were adopted from the local humane society.  Those dogs had to be “approved” by a veterinarian.

The city council gave final approval to remove the ban at their last meeting, but “pit bulls” are still restricted.  Owners of restricted dogs must have a statement from a vet stating the dog has a good temperament, a special registration and a photo on file with the police department, insurance and must be on leash at all times and muzzled when off the owner’s property.

Officials stated that they did the partial repeal to allow people to own their pets but to continue to “protect the community.”

While this is a step in the right direction, it would have been better from a public safety stand point to repeal all breed based restrictions, and tighten up the breed neutral portion of the law to allow for more nuanced designations of problem dogs and owners.

This is the next step in Bloomers trend of repealing their breed discriminatory law and we look forward to the day that all dogs are held to the same standard and reckless owners are called to task for the mismanagement of their dogs in the community.