Teenager Attack Sparks New Law
Reading, OH - Following an incident in which a teen was bitten by an unleashed pit bull, City Council is considering a law that would ban all vicious dogs -- including pit bulls. Ohio's definition of a vicious dog is one that, without provocation, has killed or injured a person or another dog, and/or a dog that belongs to a breed that is commonly known as pit bull.
The new ordinance was given its first reading last week. A majority vote by the council on the third reading is needed for it to become law. Councilman Kenneth Nordin prepared the new law. He's a dog owner himself, but also believes the pit bull should be singled out.
"Pit bulls away from their masters can't be trusted. They don't bite like a regular dog. They are a vicious animal. This is a suburban community. There just isn't room in a small community for vicious animals."
Mayor Robert "Bo" Bemmes said he and several council members hadn't been able to review the ordinance in detail. He said the details could change. "What we want to do is to give police a better ability to remove a dog that is believed to be vicious," Bemmes said. Early indications suggest that council members may be divided on the issue; it could go either way.
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