Sunday, September 21, 2008
Toldeo, OH - Ohio attorney Dale Emch recently wrote a letter of support on behalf of Tom Skeldon, the Lucas County Dog Warden. Pro-pit bull groups have once again targeted Skeldon as a "breed racist" in hopes of getting him removed. Tom Skeldon is the nation's number one authority on the enforcement of pit bull laws. What comes with his expertise is a long history with fanatical pit bull groups.
Dale Emch, along with members of his firm, Chuck Boyk and Mike Bruno, are co-authors of "The Ohio Dog Bite Book." The free book can be ordered by visiting their website. DogsBite.org often runs across members of Charles Boyk Law Offices, providing valuable, free information to victims of dog attacks, as well as supporting individuals like Mr. Skeldon who hold community safety in the highest regard.
Dale Emch also writes The Toledo Blade's Legal Briefs column and previously worked as a reporter and editor at The Blade. A notable article he authored in 2007 pertains to landlord liability: Is landlord liable if pit bull attacks?
08/23/08: Public Safety Hero Tom Skeldon Under Fire by Pit Bull Advocates
05/01/08: Lucas County Dog Warden Nails Aspect of Pit Bull Problem
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| 9/22/2008 10:01 AM |
I just downloaded and read the Ohio Dog Bite Book that you linked to. For those that don't have time to read it, an interesting statistic cited is that in Lucas County, OH animal control took in 50 pit bulls in 1993. In 2007 that number increased to 1,354. Of course most of those dogs are going to be put down out of necessity. Anyone that doesn't think the pit bull is a breed desparately in need of being reduced in number just isn't looking at the statistics. I just don't see how the people that claim to love pit bulls so much can't see that their fovorite breed benefits from breed specific laws.
| 11/22/2009 8:39 PM |
Dale Emch's testimony opposing House Bill 366
House Infrastructure, Homeland Security & Veterans Affairs Committee
Chairman Steve Reinhard January 30, 2008
"Chairman Reinhard, thank you for allowing me to address this committee on this controversial and important issue. I am testifying in opposition to House Bill 366 because I think it would be a mistake not to keep pit bulls labeled as vicious dogs under the state law. The law provides dog wardens like Tom Skeldon in Lucas County and law enforcement officials throughout the state with a powerful tool to regulate ownership of dogs that have the ability, and apparently the propensity, to cause tremendous harm to people.
I'm here today as an attorney who has dealt with the types of injuries pit bulls can cause in just a matter of seconds. In our Toledo law office, nine of the 23 dog bite cases we're handling involve pit bulls. That's 39 percent, which strikes me as being disproportionately high when you consider how many different breeds of dogs there are in our state. I recognize this is a such a small sampling that it is statistically meaningless in the broader context of this discussion, but it gives you at least a glimpse of what we're seeing. I'll leave it to Mr. Skeldon and his colleagues to provide the statistical information this committee needs to evaluate whether pit bulls should remain labeled as vicious dogs..."