It is a People Issue
Lakewood, OH - The recent Lakewood debacle that exposed pit bull advocates who were non-compliant with current code inspired former Lakewood Prosecutor Tony Sinagra to write a letter to the Observer. The pit bull activists had spoken out with passion against the proposed Lakewood ban, and said that "responsible" pit bull owners should not be penalized because of irresponsible ones. But the activists themselves had been irresponsible for failing to comply with existing laws.
Lakewood Needs Pit Bull BanBy Tony Sinagra, The Lakewood Observer
"As a Lakewood resident for nearly 50 years serving as Prosecutor, Councilman at Large, Mayor, and State Senator, I support Councilman Brian Powers’ pit bull ban. The issue here is not about dogs. It is about PEOPLE! People’s safety, children’s safety, and the unfortunate inability for pit bull owners to abide by the present law.
At council hearings, pit bull owners advocated penalizing delinquent owners rather than the pit bull itself. Unfortunately, NONE of the eight “responsible” owners that testified against the ban were in compliance with current city codes. If so called “responsible” owners cannot even comply with current code, what is the status of the hundreds of pit bulls with “non responsible” owners?
A scary thought for sure.
A majority of the opponents to this legislation live out of Lakewood and out of state. Lakewood citizens SHOULD NOT let out of state advocates make decisions for us. I hope we don’t have a catastrophe occur to a child or fellow citizen for Council to pass this bill.
The ban should be enacted."
07/16/08: Noncompliant Pit Bull Owners Cited After Lakewood Hearing
06/13/08: Standing Firm: Councilman Powers Responds to Critics
06/01/08: Pit Bull Ban FAQ by Councilman Brian Powers