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Avon Lake, OH: Proposed dog ordinance tabled for summer break
Posted on June 26, 2009 by stopbslcom
On June 4, Avon Lake held a first reading of a proposed dog ordinance that would have prohibited "pit bull" owners from receiving due process.

Remember, Ohio state law automatically defines "pit bulls" as "vicious" dogs.

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City of Avon Lake contact info:
150 Avon Belden Road, Avon Lake, Ohio 44012
[email protected]
Phone: 440-933-6141
Fax: 440-930-4107

Next city council meeting: Aug 16.

Proposed dog ordinance tabled for City Council's summer break - Sun Sentinel - Cleveland.com

Proposed dog ordinance tabled for City Council's summer break
Posted by ameaney June 25, 2009 14:21PM

The loose ends were about tied up on the proposed vicious dog ordinance at the beginning of the month (See the June 4 article), but within three days of its first reading at City Council, about 350 dog owners and influential residents signed petitions prompting council to revisit the issue.

Moved by testimony against breed specific legislation, council considered revising the ordinance once again, but instead decided to table the issue. City Council members are expected to make a decision after they come back from summer break on Aug. 16.

"Here we are 12 months since we had two young girls viciously attacked in the city and we are basically going back to square one next month," Safety Committee member Dave Kos said. "If we have another dog attack in the city -and it's summertime - we will have a hard time explaining how the safety committee took 12 months and we still don't have the proper law to prosecute vicious dogs."

In addition to public outcry at "discriminatory," breed-

specific legislation, which states that all pit bulls are considered vicious, movement on the ordinance has been stalled by debate over whether the city should comply with the Ohio's parameters for vicious dog laws.

During last week's meetings, officials listened to testimony from South Euclid officials, many of whom are attorneys, who created a "breed neutral" piece of legislation which has reportedly worked out very well, despite the fact it's contrary to state law.

Although Law Director Bill Kerner said he would consider breed neutral legislation as and review the South Euclid dog ordinance over council's break, going against state law is not something he's thrilled about.

"My opinion has been that for the city to delete the pit bull from the vicious definition would be a conflict of state law," Kerner said. " I have opined that the city should not do that."

Ward 3 Councilman Larry Meiners said despite the fact he's owned pets his entire life, he's never felt the need to challenge the law director's opinion.

"If I deviate from his guidance and legal expertise, than what I'm saying is I know more about the law then him, which I don't," Meiners said. "I know it's extremely sensitive and extremely emotional, but I'm going to follow the principles that I've always followed."

Zuber recommends that council overcome its stalemate by dealing with one thing at a time when it come to the ordinance, starting with the due process clause, and gradually moving on to the stickier breed-specific issue.

"They need to get that done as soon as possible," Zuber said.

Though the majority of safety committee members agreed they need more time to consider the issue, Kos gave the only vote against tabling the ordinance. He said he voted against it because in his opinion, the issue will only grow more heated the longer it lingers.

"This is disappointing," he sai
 
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