Following a Dog Warden for a Day
Cleveland, OH - The State of Ohio labels pit bulls as "vicious" and requires pit bull owners to carry $100,000 in liability insurance, securely constrain the dog when on-property and to use a chain-link leash when off-property. Many Ohio cities add to the state restrictions such as Toledo, which limits each household to one pit bull and Cincinnati, which bans new pit bulls.
The City of Cleveland also adds to state restrictions by requiring pit bull owners to secure the dog in a 6 foot pen with a roof, microchip or tattoo the animal, wear a muzzle when off-property and limits ownership to people 18 years and older. Unfortunately for pit bulls, many of their owners do not abide by the rules. Authorities then confiscate the dogs and often euthanize them.
If pit bull owners followed the law, hundreds of pit bulls would not be impounded and killed.
The article states that last year, the city euthanized 1,335 pit bulls. So far this year, 737 have been put down. The video, created by Lonnie Timmons III for the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper, depicts a day in the life of a Cleveland dog warden. He says, "You gotta be cautious with a pit, because if it comes at you and he locks his jaws on you, he's not letting go..."