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Toledo, OH: Dog warden office stops enforcing city ‘pit bull’ rule

Summary: The city of Toledo, Ohio has BSL limiting its residents to only one “pit bull” or “pit bull” mix, and mandating muzzles and leashes when away from home. Toledo has a $146K contract with the Lucas County Dog Warden, where Toldeo pays the warden’s office $100 for every “pit bull” related misdemeanor citation. On January 20, Toledo Municipal Court Judge Michael Goulding found Toledo’s ownership restrictions exceed the state law, conflicting with home-rule doctrine. (Ohio law does designate “pit bulls” inherently vicious, but it does not: mandate muzzling; limit how many “pit bull” dogs one may own; group certain mixed breed dogs with “pit bulls.”) So, county and city officials requested the dog warden’s office to stop targeting “pit bulls” and “pit bull” mixes. (But they still refuse to adopt them out; all such dogs are euthanized by the county, unless claimed by their owners.) A committee may soon be rewriting the law — either a subcommittee of the existing Dog Warden Advisory Committee, or a new citizens task force. Groups including the Ohio Coalition of Dog Advocates and the Best Friends Animal Society are volunteering their expertise for such a task force.  Toledo City Council was scheduled to vote in early February on setting up a Toledo Dog Policy Advisory Task Force.

Dog warden office stops enforcing city ‘pit bull’ rule

Don’t target animals, deputies told

Article published January 28, 2010

The Lucas County Dog Warden’s office has stopped enforcing the city of Toledo’s controversial vicious-dogs law and “pit bull” restrictions [because] parts of the law are unconstitutional….

Dog warden deputies have previously ventured onto Toledoans’ properties to seize dogs that look like “pit bulls”….

Toledo may soon have a citizen-led committee to rewrite the now-contested law….

Contact JC Reindl at: jreindl@theblade.com or 419-724-6065.

Full article retrieved 2010-01-29 from http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100128/NEWS16/100129670

Sarnia, Ontario, Canada: Pit bull law unevenly applied

Pitbull law unevenly applied

The Observer

If Maddi and Carter lived in St. Clair Township they probably wouldn’t be on death row.

But they live in Sarnia where animal control officers say they resemble Staffordshire bull terriers or pitbulls and are illegal.

[…] In Sarnia, animal control officers don’t require a complaint to pick up a dog they believe is banned. If the officer deems it a pitbull, the onus is on the owner to prove otherwise.[…]

But just down the road in St. Clair Township, no dogs have ever been euthanized under the law.

[…] St. Clair Township deputy CAO John DeMars agreed his municipality doesn’t enforce the pitbull law.

“It’s provincial legislation and therefore should be enforced by the OPP,” he said.[…]

Full article retrieved 9/4/09 from http://www.theobserver.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1730851

Reminder: Denver, CO BSL protest, August 25, 1 PM

Organizers are planning a protest against breed-specific legislation and Denver’s longstanding “pit bull” ban. Everyone is welcome to attend, but please leave dogs at home.

When: August 25th, 1 PM
Where: 1437 Bannock Street, City and County Building front lawn, Denver

Crossposted from BSL Updates:

Items to Bring:

  • Your freedom fighting spirit – hand held American flag
  • Photos of dogs banished or killed by Denver – poster size or attached to posters
  • A dog collar attached to a leash – symbolize slain dogs killed by the breed ban


More information: Jan@denverkillsdogs.com

Pennsylvania: HB 671 would allow BSL

Update 6/6/09: Galloway has rewritten the bill. The new bill number is HB 1243. The language retains the statewide prohibition against BSL. HB 1243 can be tracked here: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billinfo/billinfo.cfm?syear=2009&sind=0&body=H&type=B&BN=1243 Because BSL is no longer a possibility with this bill, it is being dropped from the statewide alert list.

Edit 4/7/09: Based on comments here, it appears the bill may have been modified to remove the possibility of BSL. The revised version is not posted yet. Please wait to contact the bill author and committee until the revised version is presented and confirmed breed-neutral.

Rep. John Galloway is trying to pass BSL again.

Pennsylvania HB 671, introduced by Rep. Galloway and referred to the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Affairs, would remove the statewide prohibition against BSL and permit municipalities to pass BSL.

The section of the proposed legislation that would allow this is below. The underlined section is the text that would be added to current law.

(c) Local ordinances.–[Those provisions of local ordinances relating to dangerous dogs are hereby abrogated.] A local ordinance otherwise dealing with dogs may not prohibit or otherwise limit a specific breed of dog. This act shall not supersede or preclude the adoption of any municipal ordinance applicable to dangerous dogs.

What this means, in plain English, is that municipalities (cities) can’t institute breed bans or other breed-specific legislation except when it comes to “dangerous” dogs–then they are free to implement BSL.

Bill can be tracked here: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billinfo/billinfo.cfm?&syear=2009&sind=0&body=H&type=B&bn=0671

Please contact the members of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Affairs and provide them with your polite objections to this bill.

There will also be a hearing on this bill (not yet scheduled).

Bill Sponsor

Hon. John T. Galloway
104 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202140
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2140
(717) 787-1292
Fax: (717) 780-4780

Members of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Affairs

Hon. Michael K. Hanna, Chairman
302 Main Capitol Building
PO Box 202076
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2076
(717) 772-2283
Fax: (717) 787-4137

Hon. David R. Kessler, Vice Chairman
115A East Wing
PO Box 202130
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2130
(717) 787-2769
Fax: (717) 780-4768

Hon. H. Scott Conklin, Secretary
101B East Wing
PO Box 202077
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2077
(717) 787-9473
Fax: (717) 780-4764

Hon. Mike Carroll
28A East Wing
PO Box 202118
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2118
(717) 787-3589
Fax: (717) 780-4763

Hon. Eugene DePasquale
111A East Wing
PO Box 202095
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2095
(717) 787-7514
Fax: (717) 780-4765

Hon. Richard T. Grucela
G-01 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202137
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2137
(717) 705-1878
Fax: (717) 783-3180

Hon. Gary Haluska
114 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202073
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2073
(717) 787-3532
Fax: (717) 783-7548

Hon. Tom Houghton
121B East Wing
PO Box 202013
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2013
(717) 772-2426
Fax: (717) 787-6727

Hon. Babette Josephs
300 Main Capitol Building
PO Box 202182
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2182
(717) 787-8529
Fax: (717) 787-5066

Hon. Rick Mirabito
25B East Wing
PO Box 202083
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2083
(717) 772-1314

Hon. John Myers
305 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202201
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2201
(717) 787-3181
Fax: (717) 772-4038

Hon. Frank Louis Oliver
34E East Wing
PO Box 202195
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2195
(717) 787-3480
Fax: (717) 783-0684

Hon. Joseph Preston Jr.
332A Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202024
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2024
(717) 783-1017
Fax: (717) 787-7520

Hon. Timothy J. Solobay
G-14 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202048
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2048
(717) 787-1188
Fax: (717) 705-1887

Hon. Jesse White
102B East Wing
PO Box 202046
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2046
(717) 783-6437

Hon. Sam Rohrer, Minority Chairman, srohrer@pahousegop.com
45 East Wing
PO Box 202128
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2128
(717) 787-8550
Fax: (717) 783-7862

Hon. Karen Boback, kboback@pahousegop.com
141B East Wing
PO Box 202117
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2117
(717) 787-1117
Fax: (717) 705-1889

Hon. Michele Brooks, mbrooks@pahousegop.com
153B East Wing
PO Box 202017
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2017
(717) 783-5008
Fax: (717) 705-1948

Hon. Jim Cox
412 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202129
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2129
(717) 772-2435
Fax: (717) 260-6516

Hon. Gordon Denlinger, gdenling@pahousegop.com
163A East Wing
PO Box 202099
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2099
(717) 787-3531
Fax: (717) 705-1951

Hon. C. Adam Harris, aharris@pahousegop.com
51B East Wing
PO Box 202082
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2082
(717) 783-7830
Fax: (717) 772-9869

Hon. David S. Hickernell, Dhickern@pahousegop.com
B-12 Main Capitol Building
PO Box 202098
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2098
(717) 783-2076
Fax: (717) 787-9175

Hon. Mark K. Keller, mkeller@pahousegop.com
5 East Wing
PO Box 202086
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2086
(717) 783-1593
Fax: (717) 705-7012

Hon. Carl Walker Metzgar, Cmetzgar@pahousegop.com
402 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202069
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2069
(717) 783-8756
Fax: (717) 783-3899

Hon. David R. Millard, dmillard@pahousegop.com
402B Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202109
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2109
(717) 783-1102
Fax: (717) 772-0094

Hon. Tina Pickett, tpickett@pahousegop.com
211 Ryan Office Building
PO Box 202110
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2110
(717) 783-8238
Fax: (717) 260-6536

Reminder: Moses Lake, WA: Second reading to pass BSL on Nov. 25

Moses Lake, WA city council will read a proposed “hazardous dog” ordinance a second time on November 25, possibly passing it and allowing it to become law. The ordinance is breed specific.

City council meetings begin at 7 PM in council chambers.

City of Moses Lake, P.O. Box 1579, 321 S. Balsam Street, Moses Lake, WA 98837
Phone: (509) 766-9201
Fax: (509) 766-9392

The original alert can be found here:


Additional article is here:


Avon Lake, OH: Safety Committee Meeting to discuss BSL, Dec. 4, 6:30 PM

Please attend the Avon Lake Safety Committee Meeting Scheduled for December 4, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. They will be discussing the proposed ban on vicious dogs (which automatically includes “pit bulls” because of Ohio state law).

Original alert and more info here:


Avon Lake, OH: Avon Lake considering law that would ban vicious dogs (BSL proposed)

Please remember that the state of Ohio automatically considers all “pit bulls” to be “vicious dogs.”

Residents: Canine Advocates of Ohio is currently working on the issue in Avon Lake.  For additional information or to get involved, please contact Canine Advocates of Ohio at: info@canineadvocatesofohio.org

Contact information for City of Avon Lake:

150 Avon Belden Road, Avon Lake, Ohio 44012
Phone: 440-933-6141
Fax: 440-930-4107


Avon Lake considering law that would ban vicious dogs

Thursday, November 13, 2008
By Stephanie Furst sfurst@sunnews.com
The Sun
AVON LAKE City Council is reviewing an ordinance to allow only breed specific dogs to live in the community.

The possible change would prohibit vicious dogs such as pit bulls from being owned by residents, according to Mayor Karl Zuber. […]