Category Archives: Ohio

Newark, OH: Council to receive report to support BSL repeal, Aug 20

Residents of Newark, OH, have asked the city to repeal BSL. The Public Safety Committee discussed the issue, but the committee decided to wait and “collect more data” before making a recommendation. (Newark city council has been extremely reluctant to consider repeal.)

According to the council agenda, a resident(?) has provided a report to council in support of repeal. This report will be discussed during the August 20 council meeting. The council meeting begins at 7:00 PM in Council Chambers, 40 W. Main St., 1st Floor.

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.
DEllingt@newarkohio.net; JRath@newarkohio.net; BCostjr@newarkohio.net; rhonda.loomis@newarkohio.net; MDGuthrie@newarkohio.net; DFrost@newarkohio.net; RBubb@newarkohio.net; Dmarmie@newarkohio.net; EHoudesh@newarkohio.net; CFloyd@newarkohio.net; SStare@newarkohio.net; DHufford@newarkohio.net

All alerts for Newark: https://stopbsl.org/?s=newark%2C+oh

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Ashtabula, OH: Council will consider breed ban semi-repeal, Aug 20

This issue (below) will be discussed and possibly voted on during the August 20 council meeting. It failed to pass during the August 6 council meeting.

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.

Rather than repeal their ban completely, Ashtabula will consider allowing residents to keep “pit bulls” in town IF and ONLY IF the dog was adopted from the Ashtabula County Animal Protective League (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: lavetteh@cityofashtabula.com
PLEASE ALWAYS BE RESPECTFUL WHEN YOU CORRESPOND WITH COUNCIL.

Pit bull decision to wait

August 7, 2012
By SHELLEY TERRY – Star Beacon

ASHTABULA — […] City Council failed by a 4-3 vote to repeal an ordinance which outlaws pit bulls. As a result, the measure must go at least one more meeting, taking it to Aug. 20.

[…] The new legislation, if it passes Aug. 20, will more broadly define a vicious dog as “any dog with a propensity, tendency or disposition to attack, to cause injury or to otherwise endanger the safety of human beings or other domestic animals.”

[…] Pit bulls would still be banned from the city, unless the pit bull is adopted from the APL and has been determined to be a non-aggressive canine.

Full article retrieved 8/19/12 from http://starbeacon.com/local/x1402348350/Pit-bull-decision-to-wait

Cridersville, OH: Council may keep BSL in revised ordinance, meeting Aug 13

Many Ohio cities and towns are revising their animal ordinances now that the new Ohio state law has passed. While some cities have repealed their breed-specific ordinances, others are keeping theirs. Cridersville appears to be one of the latter.

Many thanks to Bless the Bullys for this alert!

At the Cridersville Village Council Safety Committee meeting in June, the council discussed the possibility of adding legislation to continue to label pit bulls as “potentially dangerous” in light of the change to Ohio state law.

The police chief presented the ordinance of St. Marys, Ohio to the council, which I have confirmed is still breed specific, and targets “pit bulls.”  The police chief is recommending adoption of a similar ordinance to “help protect the village.”

City officials are divided on the issue, but ultimately decided to have an ordinance comparable to St. Marys drawn up, and then debate and vote on it.

I have confirmed with Cridersville Mayor Myers (who supports strengthening the breed specific ordinance), that the first reading of the “keeping of animals” ordinance will be heard on August 13, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at Village Hall Chambers located at 110 West Main Street.

Its important to note that both the current ordinances of Cridersville and St. Marys are breed specific.  My requests for additional details have gone unanswered, so its unclear as to whether Cridersville is looking to strengthen the language regarding pit bulls or if they are considering deleting the breed specific language to be in line with state law.  Either way, its important that residents attend the council meeting on August 13th in order to see what direction this takes.

I strongly encourage residents to reach out to the village officials and let them know you don’t support BSL and ask them to repeal their breed specific ordinance and craft a breed-neutral law that is in line with the new, very comprehensive state law.

Village email address: info@villageofcridersville.com
Village phone number: 419-645-5959

Newark, OH: Council to hear from public about possible repeal of BSL

Update 8/2/12: The Public Safety Committee did discuss the issue, but the committee decided to wait and “collect more data” before making a recommendation. News article about the meeting: http://www.newarkadvocate.com/article/20120731/NEWS01/207310303


After two Newark residents asked city council to repeal BSL in response to state law changes, a few city council members appear willing to consider the issue. However, the mayor and several others disagree with repeal. (Newark also considered and decided not to repeal back in 2009.)

The Newark Public Safety Committee will discuss the issue on July 30. For Newark, we believe a strong public showing at the safety committee meeting will make it difficult for council to put aside, so if you are a local, please make every effort to attend this first meeting. Committee meetings begin at 5:30 PM at City Council Chambers, 40 W. Main St., 1st Floor.

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.
DEllingt@newarkohio.net; JRath@newarkohio.net; BCostjr@newarkohio.net; rhonda.loomis@newarkohio.net; MDGuthrie@newarkohio.net; DFrost@newarkohio.net; RBubb@newarkohio.net; Dmarmie@newarkohio.net; EHoudesh@newarkohio.net; CFloyd@newarkohio.net; SStare@newarkohio.net; DHufford@newarkohio.net

Behavior first: Newark might take pit bulls off vicious list

6:27 AM, Jul. 28, 2012
Written by Kent Mallett, Advocate Reporter

NEWARK — The city council’s Safety Committee will discuss on Monday whether to remove pit bulls from the city’s vicious dog list. […]

Service Director David Rhodes said in June the city planned to keep in place its existing ordinances, which labels pit bulls as vicious, in addition to the state law allowing other breeds to gain the designation through their behavior.

At least two residents requested the city change its ordinance to match the state law, which took effect May 22.

Safety Committee Chairman Marc Guthrie said he’s not sure whether he agrees with the residents, but council should provide them a forum for debate.

“I think we need to listen to the residents first,” Guthrie said. “We need to hear them out before we make a judgment.” […]

Full article retrieved 7/29/12 from http://www.newarkadvocate.com/article/20120728/NEWS01/207280301/Behavior-first-Newark-might-take-pit-bulls-off-vicious-list

All alerts for Newark: https://stopbsl.org/?s=newark%2C+oh

Highland Heights, OH: Council plans to repeal BSL

Highland Heights, OH, city council is working on a new dog ordinance in response to the recent change in state law. The old ordinance was breed-specific (mirrored old state law), but the council president has stated that the new ordinance will be breed-neutral.

We’re concerned because the comments left on the Cleveland.com article below (see link below) are extremely pro-BSL. Let’s not allow council to be discouraged or misled by a handful of BSL supporters.

Please send your notes of thanks and encouragement to Highland Heights city council:
cmurphy@highlandhts.com; cbrunello@highlandhts.com; ehargate@highlandhts.com; flegan@highlandhts.com; llombardo@highlandhts.com; rmastrangelo@highlandhts.com; lstickan@highlandhts.com; jbuchak@highlandhts.com

Highland Heights City Council ponders a change in city’s vicious dog ordinance

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2012, 12:34 PM
By Jeff Piorkowski, Sun News

HIGHLAND HTS. — The city has begun taking steps to change its law pertaining to vicious dogs to make it more in keeping with the new state law. […]

Council will revisit the issue and check on the progress of the new ordinance as it is being developed in September.

Full article retrieved 7/24/12 from http://www.cleveland.com/hillcrest/index.ssf/2012/07/highland_heights_city_council_20.html

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: lavetteh@cityofashtabula.com
PLEASE ALWAYS BE RESPECTFUL WHEN YOU CORRESPOND WITH COUNCIL.

Lebanon, OH: BSL repealed

Lebanon, OH, repealed its breed-specific ordinance back in May. The old ordinance banned Staffordshire Bull Terriers and American Staffordshire Terriers, and categorized those two breeds and Rottweilers as “vicious” dogs.

We finally received the new ordinance and confirmed that it is breed-neutral. Read the new ordinance: Lebanon dog ordinance

Please THANK the city council for removing breed discrimination: citycouncil@lebanonohio.gov

All alerts for Lebanon: https://stopbsl.org/?s=lebanon