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Wooster Ohio unanimously repeals breed ban

At the April 15th City Council meeting in Wooster Ohio, the council voted unanimously to repeal their 13 year old ban on pit bull type dogs.

Initially, officials in Wooster were going to let the repeal go for the full three votes that is standard for legislation according to their charter.

Instead, the council suspended the rules and decided to make tonight the night Wooster becomes breed neutral.

The head of the Laws and Ordinances committee, Mrs. Knapic, who was the official standing behind the repeal, said that since there had been media coverage on this issue, and she had not one letter, email, or phone call opposing the proposed breed neutral ordinance, she was in favor of suspending the rules and doing a final vote. All members of council concurred and subsequently voted to repeal the breed discriminatory law and, at the same time, approve a strong breed neutral law.

According to our good friend Robin, who has been putting in a lot of work on this, there were many people there tonight to support the change, from various canine professionals, to an official from a neighboring town. All attending wore a sticker to show a quiet solidarity on the issue. The Chief of the Wooster Police Department also spoke in favor of the change to breed neutral, saying the breed discriminatory law was unenforceable.

Congratulations to everyone who has been working so hard on getting Wooster’s law repealed and thank you to Wooster officials for deciding to go breed neutral.

Thank you, Robin, for sharing good the news.

Wooster Ohio sets date to hear repeal

A repeal of Wooster Ohio’s breed discriminatory law has been set for its first date.  The topic has been added to the agenda for the April 15th council meeting, 7:30 PM.

In 2000 Wooster banned dogs they defined as a “Pit Bull dog”.  In the ordinance a banned dog is defined as

 “Pit Bull dog” shall include, but not be limited to, any of the following: American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier, or any mixed breed of dog which includes as an element of its breeding any of the aforementioned breeds as to be identifiable as partially of any of the aforementioned breeds.

We have been given a copy of the proposed changes to the law that would make Wooster a breed neutral community. Wooster’s proposed animal law changes can be found here.

The proposed changes strengthen Wooster’s dog laws in many ways that will be good for the community. Wooster will no doubt see many benefits in enacting this legislation.

Wooster residents: Please reach out to officials to briefly and politely ask them to support Ordinance 2013-16, an Ordinance Amending Chapter 505 of the Wooster code of ordinances. Contact information for officials can be found here.

Thank you, Robin, for the information.

Wooster Ohio is seeking to repeal breed ban

Thank you, Robin, for sharing.

Wooster Ohio is currently considering repealing their ban on “Pit Bull dogs.” A coalition of canine professionals in the area have been pushing for a repeal for sometime.  They now have firm support from some legislators.

The head of the Laws and Ordinances committee, Barbara Knapic, has begun drafting a breed neutral ordinance. She is also gathering letters via standard mail from citizens to present to the council to show support for a repeal.

From Robin:

“I have been attending the Wooster City Council meetings since March 2012. This next Monday (Feb. 25th) we will be having our first meeting with the Laws and Ordinances committee. Things should happen very quickly after that.”

The ordinance, as it stands now:

“505.14  DANGEROUS AND VICIOUS ANIMALS.

(a)         As used in this section:

(5)      “Vicious animal” means an animal that, without provocation, meets any of the following:

 C.     Belongs to a breed that is commonly known as a Pit Bull dog.  The ownership, keeping or harboring of such a breed of dog shall be prima-facie evidence of the ownership, keeping, or harboring of a vicious dog.  As used herein, “Pit Bull dog” shall include, but not be limited to, any of the following: American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier, or any mixed breed of dog which includes as an element of its breeding any of the aforementioned breeds as to be identifiable as partially of any of the aforementioned breeds.

(e)     No person shall possess, harbor or keep a vicious animal within the City

(h)     Whoever violates subsection (e) hereof, is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree. Additionally, the Court shall order the vicious animal to be removed from the City or to be humanely destroyed by a licensed veterinarian.

(Ord.  2000-23.  Passed 6-19-00.)”

Residents and Locals ONLY: Please take the time to write a brief, polite letter and send them to Mrs. Knapic so that she may present as large a stack of letters to the council as possible.

We have been warned that some members of the council may dig in if correspondence is abrasive or impolite.  Please be extra cautious in your wording. A brief statement of support for repeal would be sufficient

Send all letters to:
Mrs. Barbara Knapic
Wooster City Council
538 N. Market St.
Wooster, OH 44691
330-417-6393