Pit Bull Ban Repealed

Pit bull advocates are celebrating another victory in the war against BSL after Cincinatti, repealed a long standing breed ban. According to the City Beat, “After a long, arduous battle for dog lovers and Cincinnati animal welfare advocates, success has arrived. Today, Cincinnati City Council voted 8-1 to officially repeal the breed-specific language in Cincinnati’s vicious dog ordinance, which previously made ownership of pit bulls within city limits illegal.”

“It’s fantastic. It’s been a long effort, but we’ve had some great supporters from all across the country … that’s had an overwhelming affect on Council. Dog owners, of pit bulls or not, have flooded Council with requests to change the law,” said Jim Tomaszewski, SPCA Cincinnati trustee. Tomaszewski spearheaded the campaign to eliminate the ban.

Pit Bull proponents embraced the decision after facing nine years of discrimination. The amendments to Section 701-1-V of the Cincinnati Municipal code will completely eliminate breed-specific terminology.




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    May 17, 2012 6:29 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Jeannine

    YAY !!!!!

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    May 17, 2012 6:30 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Trudy

    Let’s hope they do not fall prey to evil owners again

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  • May 17, 2012 6:30 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Kathy

    YAHOOOOOOOOOO

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  • May 17, 2012 6:30 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Alison

    Fantastic news i’m very happy :) ))))))))) sharing

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    May 17, 2012 6:31 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Sheryl

    That’s great news!!!! I just hope that the same this happens in Maryland!

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    May 17, 2012 6:31 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Crystal

    Awesome news!

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    May 17, 2012 6:31 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Kimberly

    Hell yes Cincinnati!

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    May 17, 2012 6:31 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Victoria

    That is AWESOME!!!

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    May 17, 2012 6:32 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Chea

    good job you guys!

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    May 17, 2012 6:32 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Lauran

    Finally! Thank god! Best news I’ve had all day! :)

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  • May 17, 2012 6:32 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Jasmine

    FANTASTIC! Now, if only Denver would get some common sense.

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  • May 17, 2012 6:32 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Kellie

    YAY!!

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  • May 17, 2012 6:32 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Mark

    YES! Make it spill out and share! :)

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  • May 17, 2012 6:32 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Donna

    That’s wonderful news!!

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  • May 17, 2012 6:32 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Clarence

    Pit Bulls are GREAT DOGS! but we know how people can be

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  • May 17, 2012 6:32 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Vickie

    Great news from a bulldog owner and huge fan!!!!

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  • May 17, 2012 6:33 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Jennifer

    Awesome news!!!!

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    May 17, 2012 6:33 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Rachel

    Hopefully the start of officials admitting that BSL doesn’t work.

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  • May 17, 2012 6:33 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Lavina

    now if all states would do the same life with pits would be wonderful. please lift the ban in all states they are very good dogs if they have a good owner

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    May 17, 2012 6:34 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Junith

    yes they are <3

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    May 17, 2012 6:34 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Lauren

    YAY! So happy to hear this. Pit Bulls are such great dogs.

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  • May 17, 2012 6:34 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Allen

    That’s great news !

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  • May 17, 2012 6:34 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Leah

    :)

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  • May 17, 2012 6:34 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Kaitlyn

    Why does it say Minneapolis?

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    May 17, 2012 6:35 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Brenda

    IM SO HAPPY…………VIVAN LOS PIT BULL

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    May 17, 2012 6:35 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Tanya

    That is wonderful!

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  • May 17, 2012 6:35 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Margaret

    It’t not the dog that is bad it’s the handlers of the dog. They need a ban put on them dis-allowing them to own a dog.

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    May 17, 2012 6:36 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Rik

    That’s too bad a pitbull almost tore my brothers are arm off when he was delivering mail.

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    May 17, 2012 6:36 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Janis

    I wish they’d come talk to the selectmen in our town. Same stupid ban, based on fear and ignorance. Anyone who knows the breed knows what wonderful dogs they are. Like Clarence above said, they’re great dogs, but some people…. ! (P.S. I have a cocker spaniel, but I’ve known many fabulous, gentle, loving Pitts.)

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  • May 17, 2012 6:36 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Betty

    Hooray for the pit bulls! They are wonderful pets.

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    May 17, 2012 6:36 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Beth

    GREAT NEWS!!!!

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    May 17, 2012 6:37 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Zoe

    Woo Hoo! Great news!

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    May 17, 2012 6:37 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Lisa

    That pit in the picture is actually smiling!! So adorable!

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  • May 17, 2012 6:37 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Lesley

    Wow at last let’s pray the news spreads please share to make the world follow

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  • May 17, 2012 6:37 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Mark

    Best news all week

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  • May 17, 2012 6:37 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Amanda

    i gotta say…. My dog got attacked by a pit today in the park. *I* got attacked by the pit in the park as well trying to protect my dog. Better me than my dog getting hurt. All the same, I don’t think it is a good thing to have these dogs legal for just anyone to own. Because of incidences like the ones I got to deal with today.

    The arger problem was the idiot owner. But when you make it free and without any system to manage the owners of such dogs…. This is the result. My dog is lucky to be alive. And so am i. And to anyone that wants to talk about how it wasn’t the pit’s fault, I don’t entirely disagree. But there are things about the pit that make it more appealing to idiots. I don’t think this is a victory at all. Making these dogs legal for just anyone to own ensures more of them will jut be fought by assholes and otherwise abused and neglected by bad owners. I would also point out to everyone who has a pit who loves their pit ofcourse you do. It is your baby. I understand that. But you can also find all those good pit qualities that you like so much in less agressive breeds. So why does it have to be a pit? I am all for legalizing these dogs for those who are monitored by some animal welfare organization frequently and regularly. I have no problem with that. But I was bit several times so was my dog. I have had enough of this yay pitbull bullshit. If we really loved them as much as we claim we would want the ownership of these dogs either illegal or heavily monitored so that incidences like the one i survived today don’t happen again to anyone and so that the pits themselves are safe. What a win woo fucking hoo. And a loss for Pitbulls now easily adopted by any and every jackass that wants to own them fight them and abuse them and other people and dogs in the process.

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      May 20, 2012 5:53 amPosted 1 year ago
      Paper

      I am very happy that they repealed the ban but you do have a point. It’s legal for the people who abuse them and train them to be vicious to own them now. I am against breed bans. Instead of those the government needs to get better leash laws. You got attacked by a pit that was probably off leash and untrained. I got attacked by a german shepherd when I was 6 years old. But I don’t hate german shepherds, I hope to own one one day. I do train them for security dogs and they are very good dogs. I just don’t like grooming their coat. I get attacked DAILY by people who leave their gates wide open. I’m trying to teach my husky to run next to the bike, what do I get? Not too far down the street 3 dachshunds attack me and my dog. Then a few houses after a min pin comes at me and my dog. Another block a huge presa canario chases me and my dog! I am for all breeds. The best thing they can do is come up with a law that if your dog bites someone or another dog. Depending on the damage you will get a big fat fine. It might not work in the beginning cause people might take it for granted. But paying 1k when your dog bites and then the vet and doctor bills. That way people will start leashing their dogs on their own.

      But I do not agree with the part with other breeds having the same qualities as a pit. It’s once you own one, you can’t get any other breed. I have owned many dogs and you just can’t compare other dog breeds to them. They have this drive to please you that it’s almost crazy. As a dog trainer I’m very pleased with how quick she learns and her other great qualities. My rottweiler mix got in a fight with the neighbor’s pack of mutts. The neighbors let their gate open, I didn’t notice until the dogs came out running. My dog was severely mauled, he almost lost an eye. I kicked the mutts but one didn’t let go. And that dog was a long haired dog, I even grabbed an iron pipe and hit the dog, it still didn’t let go until I just chocked it. The only way to get a dog that doesn’t want to let go is by choking it. The neighbors didn’t want to be responsible for it. Until I sued them of course.

      So my point every dog can attack and there should be a law for EVERY dog not only pitbulls. I have never been attacked by one. But my pit has been attacked by many other small breeds, and once by a dalmation when I take her out for a walk. People are just irresponsible, they do not leash their dogs and things like that happen.

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      December 5, 2012 12:12 pmPosted 1 year ago
      MS

      I do not own a Pitt but I am very pleased they are removing these bans as its never the dogs fault. I own a Rott and have had many stereo types against us. He was attacked by a Pitt not too long ago and so was I shielding him but it was not bad enough to report. I am not mad because his best friend is a Pitt and they love each other. I feel all large dog breeds over 40lbs should require training just like driving a car your required to study and take a test. What I did with my dog… I socialized him since he was 8 weeks even though the Vet advised not too until after his last shots. My trainer whom always owned Rotts stated you have until 16 weeks to mold your dogs adult personality. I read this in many books too. I was careful not to expose him to areas where he could get sick such as dog parks. I started his training classes at 9 weeks and now at 1 yr he has done 4 different levels of training. The vet by my house was very hesitant to see my dog and after they met him stated he defeated all stereo types of the Rott. What it comes down too is educating the owner, socializing is huge, and training. Not to mention as a little puppy I also would go to the park where there’s kids and let them pet him. Now he loves kids even though hes a big guy. The law should be required training for owners with large/dominant breeds or a huge fine. This could be monitored by the vets to require proof of training to treat the dogs. All dogs at some point need a vet visit. Just a thought. I am sure theres better solutions but state required training would make people think twice about getting a dog they do not intend to properly raise.

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  • May 17, 2012 6:38 pmPosted 1 year ago
    DAVID

    GREAT! IT IS THE OWNERS HOW RAISE THE ANIMAL!

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  • May 17, 2012 6:38 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Linda

    Isn’t the dog in the photo a white boxer, not a pit bull?

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      May 18, 2012 7:16 pmPosted 1 year ago
      Judi

      This is a pitbull, not a boxer or an American Bulldog. Boxers have a much wider and shorter muzzle. A. Bulldogs have a larger headpiece, more squared.

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    May 17, 2012 6:38 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Wendy

    @Rik Van Winkel IT COULD HAVE BEEN ANY DOG THAT DID THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Obviously you don’t know dogs very well.

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    May 17, 2012 6:38 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Kelly

    Awesome!

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    May 17, 2012 6:38 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Tamara

    It’s not the breed that’s dangerous it’s the human who fails to know how to properly train or raise a pitbull (or any other dog for that matter)

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  • May 17, 2012 6:39 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Bonnie

    Love it!!!!!!

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  • May 17, 2012 6:39 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Lori

    Great news the rest of the that have a ban should do the same

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  • May 17, 2012 6:39 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Edwyna

    Great news. It was never about the breed in my opinion, it was the owners… The irresponsible ones who wrecked it for everyone else… Who should have been “banned”!!!

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    May 17, 2012 6:41 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Michael

    It isn’t the Pits, it is those who own them that are generally the problem.

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  • May 17, 2012 6:41 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Edwyna

    You are right Linda. Not a pitbull buy an American bulldog or boxer. Don’t have my glasses on so I can’t tell.

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  • May 17, 2012 6:42 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Edwyna

    Buy = but. Stupid autocorrect!

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    May 17, 2012 6:43 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Lorraine

    And here in the UK, the ConDems are ‘consulting’ on EXTENDING BSL to include private property!

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    May 17, 2012 6:43 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Bobbi

    Such good new. They are such good dogs. The ban was so unfair. Mine is such a lover.

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  • May 17, 2012 6:44 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Daniel

    Booooooooo… :(

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  • May 17, 2012 6:44 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Valerie

    Wonderful.

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  • May 17, 2012 6:44 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Troy

    Check the stats people, these dogs still Kill more people then any other breed. They don’t need to be around children!!!!!

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  • May 17, 2012 6:45 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Christine

    yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees about time xxxx

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    May 17, 2012 6:45 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Sylvia

    congrats to Cincinnati ;)

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    May 17, 2012 6:46 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Jeana

    Yay!!! This is so awesome :)

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    May 17, 2012 6:50 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Kirsten

    WOO-FREAKIN’-HOO!! =D

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    May 17, 2012 6:54 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Sheri

    Totally awesome… now all states should follow these footsteps!!! <3 CONGRATS CINCINNATI <3

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  • May 17, 2012 6:56 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Linda

    This is great news!!! Now if the rest of the country would follow in the same footsteps, these loveable & loyal dogs would be able to live happy lives!!!

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    May 17, 2012 6:57 pmPosted 1 year ago
    K Lisa

    start banning the stupid twits who raise them poorly!

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  • May 17, 2012 6:59 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Brenda

    Wish the same for Ontario but not proceeding well

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    May 17, 2012 7:07 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Lindsey

    I totally agree about the owners being the problem. sadly this breed attracts a LOT of irresponsible idiots who just want a tough looking dog to boost their own egos. Alternately many people with the best intentions, return these guys to the shelter because they aren’t educated in how to properly train a pit bull. I am in no way saying everyone who gets a one is this way as I have one whom I adore and is a sweet gentle cuddle bug, but I am sick to death of walking into shelters and seeing row after row of pit bulls, AND I am sick of the Dbag tough guys who ruin the breed’s reputation by not bothering to train their dogs and then taking them in public where they invariably attack other dogs or people. as pit bull owners we need to be more honest about the demands of the breed and not just mindlessly promote how awesome they are lest more these pups end up on death row. are they great dogs? yes, but only in the right hands. Definitely not a dog I’d recommend for everyone.

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  • May 17, 2012 7:09 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Susan

    WOOT!

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    May 17, 2012 7:13 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Divina

    The love you give a dog. Whose sole purpose for being created was to fight and kill will not change who they truly are. You can not blame the owner of a border collie for having a dog that likes to heard. So why would you blame the owner of a pit who likes to kill. Educate yourself on the genetic makeup of dog breeds and what makes every dog breed different. And what each one was bread for and their purpose. Love and good owners does not change genetics and instincts or temperaments. It not the owner, it’s by far the dog.

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      May 19, 2012 3:31 pmPosted 1 year ago
      Judi

      You are so wrong. This breed has the most loyalty to their humans, bred into them. Owners need to know how to own these dogs. They must always remain the “alpha” in the household, yet be kind and gentle to the dog. If it shows ANY aggressive tendencies, they need to be nipped in the bud right away. If these dogs weren’t inateley one of the most loving, loyal and kind hearted of breeds, how then do you explain a pit that has been wandering it’s entire life, picked up by animal control, ending up in a shelter, then adopted out and being a wonderful, gentle, loving soul??? If they were inately bad, this very dog would be aggressive and uncontrollable, rather than loving and kind. Other breeds of dogs attack and kill people, even tho their breed isn’t normally like that. How then do you explain THAT?!! If not for how they were raised? I’ve been in the dog business in many aspects, for well over 40 years. So I’m not just some “average Jo” that decided to love this breed. I have experience with all breeds, and find this breed to be the kindest and gentlest of all.

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        May 19, 2012 3:38 pmPosted 1 year ago
        Judi

        Oh, and by the way, pitbulls were NOT bred to fight and kill. They were bred to be loyal friends to humans. Have you never seen the Little Rascals? Petey was a pitbull. Helen Keller owned 2 of them. I highly doubt they’d have allowed her to own killer dogs, being blind,deaf and unable to speak. People who think these dogs were ever bred to fight and kill, don’t know what they are talking about. It was MAN who intervened and started using them for fighting. Did you know that most all of Michael Vick’s dogs, that were actual fighting dogs, were rehabilitated and are now in loving, pet homes? And many of those are actually going into nursing homes with the elderly, and giving their love to those people. It is people like you who spew things that are untrue, that help to stigmatize these dogs. Educate yourself before you add your 2 cents worth on the internet.

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    May 17, 2012 7:18 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Laura

    Apparently we have a new state: Minneapolis and and it has a city called Cincinatti …who knew? No matter…where ever this place is, they finally used their brains when it comes to dogs :-}

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    May 17, 2012 7:18 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Heather

    oh so cute

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  • May 17, 2012 7:18 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Erika

    Lindsey Lou, you’re absolutely right! They are amazing dogs, but need the right owner because of their high energy level and physical strength. People need to be more honest about whether or not they are a good match, and need to be willing to tell others that this isn’t the right dog for them.

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  • May 17, 2012 7:21 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Anne

    <3<3<3<3<3

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    May 17, 2012 7:23 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Dara

    YES!

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    May 17, 2012 7:23 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Martin

    Great news, what a diabolical law!

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  • May 17, 2012 7:29 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Lorrie

    Now come on Denver!

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    May 17, 2012 7:29 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Jennifer

    Well praise the Lord!!!

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  • May 17, 2012 7:32 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Katherine

    YESSSSSS!!!

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  • May 17, 2012 7:35 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Aaron

    Awesome! Now what’s up with denver?! Peeps in the midwest are stupid lol

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  • May 17, 2012 7:39 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Lauren

    woohoo!!!

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  • May 17, 2012 7:58 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Teddy

    Thanks to Lilly I think, now they should ban stupid owners!

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  • May 17, 2012 8:07 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Krista

    Anyone who uses dogsbite.org to attempt to add “credibility” to their argument, should seriously research their source

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    May 17, 2012 8:16 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Janet

    Good to hear.

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    May 17, 2012 8:33 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Liliana

    Maryland sure needs to learn from the state of Cincinnati!

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  • May 17, 2012 8:45 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Sherri

    YAY!!! Somebody finally grew a brain and realized that it’s the OWNER that is the Bad element….not the Dog!!! :-)

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  • May 17, 2012 8:50 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Thelma

    Yeah!!!

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  • May 17, 2012 8:52 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Mary Haight

    It’s been a relief to read these notices of city legislators coming to their senses on breed specific legislation, being convinced by facts rather than setting hasty policy based on emotion. Cleveland and Toledo repealed their laws too in the last two years. I think this shows us why we must stop BSL wherever it’s ugly head arises *before* it gets passed. 9 long years of breaking hearts and killing dogs for their “type” is far too long to have such an ineffective, cruel law in force.

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  • May 17, 2012 8:57 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Patti

    Awesome.

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    May 17, 2012 9:04 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Amy

    Hip Hip Horay!! Way to go Cincinatti!

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    May 17, 2012 9:04 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Wendy

    That IS great news! Hopefully other cities will follow their lead!

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    May 17, 2012 9:22 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Connie

    Congratulations, Cincinnati!

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  • May 17, 2012 9:24 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Reba

    It’s about time there are some positive reactions about Pittie’s

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    May 17, 2012 9:26 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Lynda

    WOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO one very happy Canadian for Cincinnati :) :) :) :) could not be happier….it is not the breed but those that bring them up that influence ANY BREED wooooooohooooooooooo

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  • May 17, 2012 9:43 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Annette

    Katy did u see this?????

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  • May 17, 2012 9:45 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Lizette

    Great news!

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    May 17, 2012 10:07 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Phil

    Pit bulls were bred to be killers and the statistics reflect that. I support BSL.

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  • May 17, 2012 10:28 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Valerie

    Unfortunantly Lousianna is starting to make some very unethical and strict laws in regards to owning pitbulls. Alot of pitbull owners are turning in thier dogs to shelter because of these laws. Any way to fight the laws in Lousianna??

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    May 17, 2012 10:41 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Nancy

    So glad that Ohio is being a leader for Pit Bulls

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    December 21, 2012 12:35 pmPosted 1 year ago
    TW

    I see a lot of comments regarding statistics, dogbite.org, etc….. Have you ever looked on craigs list, pet finder, etc… The most common dog out there is a Pitt mix of some sort. More than any other dog. Everywhere I go I see more Pitts in rescues than any other dog. All the dog fight rings are Pitts abused and pumped full of steroids and narcotics to make them more violent. So if most of the dog population is Pitts and they are abused more and raised to be violent for sport more than any other dog, then of course there will be higher numbers. Think about what your saying and do your home work.

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  • March 10, 2013 9:29 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Chetz | ImPAWSsible House

    This is great! Clap! Clap! for Cincinnati.

    People need to understand it’s not the dog or breed, it’s the owner.

    I just hope there’ll be no pit bull owners there that will change back this decision.

    Chetz

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    December 1, 2013 3:49 amPosted 4 months ago
    ficello

    This is awesome for these dogs and lovers of the breed. I do believe that the culprit in adverse behavior in these dogs are owner induced. That being said, perhaps we can monitor to some level, this breeds integration back to this city; as well as education on the interpretation of certain behaviors, of all dogs. Blaming breeds is counterproductive, owner accountability seems more winning for those who are victims of dog attacks and prosperous for the breed itself. The ban was just a band aid on top of bigger problem: over population and under education. Pets=Love

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