Ohio House Bill 14 Passes House…Onto the Senate We Go
Yesterday, after much discussion in the days before, the Breed Bans Bill, Ohio House Bill 14, PASSED the House of Reps by a vote of 69 to 29.
Some of us are surprised. Some of us are elated. Some of use are pissed. Some of us knew we could depend on our Representatives at least to listen to their constituents, who have been calling and emailing relentlessy regarding this and many other important animal welfare issues and bills on the floor right now in the House.
(In Ohio, the House isn’t the problem… we’ll discuss that another time.
For now, let’s just celebrate. This makes it more sensible for cities and counties in Ohio to remove THEIR senseless breed bans — and oh boy, there are A LOT throughout the state.
HB14 – in its current form – creates three different classifications for problem dogs based solely on the behavior of the dog (and owner) and is breed neutral.
The three classifications are:
1) Nuissance Dog — a dog that while off its owner’s property threatens, manaces or attempts to bite a person.
2) Dangerous Dog – one that has caused an injury to a person, killed another dog or had 3 violations as a nuissance dog. Once a dog is classified as dangerous, the owner must register the dog, purchase liability insurance, microchip the dog and afix a tag to its collar.
3) A Vicious Dog – is on that has caused serious injury to a person through a bite.
So HB14 confirmed that Pit Bulls be removed from this classification. WOO-HOO! This will make it not only more sensible, like I said earlier, but easier for cities and counties in Ohio with Pit Bull Bans to reverse them if the people make themselves heard and say WE WANT IT DONE.
Who’s with me??