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