According to a news story, “The governor … signed the bill that changes a law defining a vicious dog as one that has seriously hurt or killed a person, killed another dog or is among those commonly known as pit bulls. The new measure removes the reference to pit bulls from the definition and requires evidence to prove pit bulls are actually vicious.” In addition, the bill establishes new laws for treating dogs who are deemed dangerous or vicious because of their behavior and not because of their breed.
Breed bans do not work. They leave a community with a false sense of security. Remember, it is the family dog, regardless of breed, who is responsible for half of all dog bites. Educating all family members in proper canine training and care can reduce dog bites.
Instead of focusing tax dollars on banning one breed of dog, we should be focusing our attention and our dollars on dealing with irresponsible dog owners. Spending money on spay/neuter initiatives, canine owner education programs, registering dogs, and maintaining records of bite and aggressive dog incidences will greatly reduce the number of dog bites regardless of the breed doing the biting.
Take Action: Ohio residents, send a note of thanks to your governor and your legislators. Residents of other states, if you have breed ban legislation in your jurisdiction, contact your elected officials and explain why breed bans do not protect their citizens.
The Honorable John Kasich
Riffe Center, 30th Floor
77 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-6117
Tele. No.: 614-466-3555