All pit bulls are no longer considered
vicious dogs in Ohio.
Changes to state dog laws take effect today. The new law removes any breed
specific categories. Pit bulls are no longer all deemed "vicious"
in line with the rest of the country. Instead there are three categories used
to define dogs with behavioral problems: vicious, dangerous and nuisance dogs.
Each category will now have its own set of regulations.
The new law also restricts people
convicted of violent felonies from owning an unneutered dog 3 years after their
release from prison. Felons must also have their dog's microchipped.
It's all part of House bill 14, a bill
introduced by local State Representative Barbara Sears.
Over the weekend, pit bull lovers
celebrated the long anticipated change that removes a stereotype from their
pets. The law does not lift individual bans that communities may have on pit