In Ohio, Pit Bulls Are Wrapped into Crime
Toledo, OH - Ohio House Bill 568 has been introduced by Representative Tryone Yates of Cincinnati. He wants to ban pit bulls statewide. He and many other people feel that the existing state law -- which deems pit bulls as "vicious" -- isn't doing the trick when it comes to reducing attacks and criminal operations that go hand-in-hand with the breed.
Lucas County Dog Warden, Tom Skeldon, has pushed for restrictions on pit bulls, but stops short of supporting a statewide ban. "I, at this point, am not in favor of a statewide ban," he says. Skeldon does acknowledge that pit bulls are a problem. "When we go into a drug house, as we do regularly, I do not run into Lassie and Rin Tin Tin. We run into pit bulls."
DogsBite.org loves the quotes we read from Ohio Dog Wardens. No other state can match the Rin Tin Tin quality.
A separate Ohio Dog Warden left a comment at DogsBite.org (an anonymous poster). He thinks there should be a statewide ban. He writes:
I am a dog warden here in Ohio. The amount of pit bulls and like dogs in the local pounds and shelters have increase by 10-fold in the past 5 years. Many of these dogs are being inbred with littermates and are mentally unstable. Pit bull bites are way up and responsible taxpayers are not usually the ones who own such dogs.
Why should your local police man get his arm mauled by a dog who's owner removed the voice box* so when they kick the drug dealers door down they don't even know there was a dog on the other side? Why do meter readers, postmen, electric workers, landscapers and others have to worry about getting attacked by these kind of dogs just because they're doing their jobs?
Are breed specific laws fair? No. But people should be able to do their jobs as well without getting mangled. Sometimes fair isn't what's in the best interest of the common public. I say yes to the ban and have handled thousands of pit bulls, and not all of them are mean. But pit bulls are game and bred to finish what they start. They were bred to kill -- dog, person, child -- yes to the BAN in Ohio.
DogsBite.org most definitely just fell in love.
*Some criminals remove the voice box of their dog so that police and SWAT teams will have no warning during a raid or search warrant execution. God only knows how this brutal procedure is performed -- not at a vet's office.
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