Ohio is the only place in the U.S. with statewide discrimination against dogs. If you live in Ohio and have a pit bull -- or any muscular, short-haired dog who could be mistaken for a pit bull -- your dog is automatically considered vicious.
Last year, a bill was introduced that would remove pit bulls from the state's definition of vicious dogs. The bill passed the House of Representatives, but was never called to vote in the Senate.
To start off this year's legislative session, Rep. Barbara Sears (R-Lucas County) reintroduced legislation (H.B. 14) that would end Ohio's breed discrimination.
Join advocates around the country in urging the state legislature to make it a priority to pass H.B. 14 to end breed discrimination in Ohio.
Photo credit: Melissa Lipani, Best Friends Animal Society
Ohio is the only state in the U.S. that singles out dogs based on appearance rather than behavior. Breed discriminatory laws are expensive to enforce, ineffective in preventing dog bites, and target responsible pet owners. Municipalities around the world, and in Ohio (e.g. Toledo), are realizing that these laws don't work and are repealing them in favor of breed-neutral laws that target reckless owners instead of innocent dogs.
Please make it a priority to pass H.B. 14 and end breed discrimination in Ohio.