Ohio Pit Bull Ban

Ohio has had a vicious dog law in effect since the 1980s. This law states that without provocation, a vicious dog meets the following criteria:

  • Has killed or caused serious injury to any person.
  • Has caused injury, other than killing or serious injury to any person, or has killed another dog.
  • Belongs to a breed that is commonly known as a pit bull dog.

Ohio has been considering legislation that would remove pit bulls from being labeled inherently dangerous. The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association disapproves of discriminating a dog based on its breed. The OVMA states that each case of dog aggression should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

On January 21, 2010, the Municipal Court Judge Michael Goulding ruled that the Toledo ‘pit bull’ law is inherently flawed.

In 2011, HB 14 was introduced with the ideal that dog owner’s would be responsible for the actions of their dogs, meaning that if a chihuahua bites someone versus a pit bull, both dogs and owners would be treated equally. The bill makes it easier for dog owners to keep their dogs, and harder for irresponsible owners to keep theirs.

House Bill 14 passed in the Senate and the state of Ohio has repealed its Pit Bull ban as of 2012.

Judge says Toledo’s ‘pit bull’ law flawed – Toledo Blade