House Bill Spares Pit Bulls from Vicious Dog Designation

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The Ohio house has passed a new law that would change the state’s definition of dangerous dogs and give Ohio’s persecuted pit bulls a break.

Butler County Dog Warden Julie Holmes says the bill is long overdue. “It’s not that they’re anymore or less aggressive than any other breed of dog, there is just more numbers of them than any other breed of dog,” said Holmes.

Ohio law currently defines a vicious dog as one that hurts or kills a person, kills another dog or is among those commonly known as pit bulls.

Despite the fact that his five-year-old son was bitten by a pit bull earlier this week, Middletown resident and dog owner Josh Schlaht agrees with Holmes. “I’ve always believed that it’s not the dog that makes bad decisions, its the owner that makes bad decisions training them,” said Schlaht.

House Bill 14 will now be considered by the Senate.

30 thoughts on “House Bill Spares Pit Bulls from Vicious Dog Designation”

  1. Just like people, some individual dogs don’t play well with others. I have never had a problem with a pit but I’ve had problems with an Australian Shepard at the dog park. The owner blamed my bulldog, a rottie, a ridgeback, a puggle and the other 20 or so other dogs it attacked before she recognized it was hers. A small child would be next. Responsible owners know the limits of their dog. Go after the owners not a breed.

  2. I am extremely hesitant to take my giant breed dog to the dog park. He is very friendly with other dogs and is not aggressive, but will defend himself. I am afraid of the idiot owners with badly behaved dogs will not only provoke him, but also blame him for starting a fight due to his sheer size (120 lbs at 19 months); unfortunately, we avoid them.

    • Agreed. I have a rottweiler-mix dog (100ish lbs at 18 months) that I am hesitant to take around other dogs, not because he’ll “attack” them (more like lick them to death), but because of how many people I’ve encountered with untrained and/or aggressive dogs that think their pups can do no wrong.

      I think I’m more afraid of another pup hurting him than I am of him hurting another dog, but I still don’t wanna deal with the “well, you’re dog’s big and scary, so of course he started it.”

    • Yeah, my Akitas (and even my 100# Boxer who is often mistaken for a Pittie because of her size – which is really weird because they’re typically supposed to be 1/2 the size she is) get shunned when we’re around other dogs. I’m cautious because of the other pet parents’ not necessarily understanding. They’re great with people, even kids, but because many don’t understand, they’re not as socialized as they could be. Therefore, we, too, stay away from dog parks. 🙁

  3. @ kelly,
    your suggestion, walking with pits is, i think, a good one, but i would add first walking along with pits being walked by an experienced dog handler/trainer, then try taking the leash herself, still under guidance from the handler, until both she and the dog(s) feel comfortable together. it would take time but i think that would work out well in the end.


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