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I put this here so more people could get the chance to answer my question. I went and visited family in Ohio in fall, last year, and brought my dogs with me, of course. But I just read something in the BSL forum that says there's BSL in Ohio against pits. Do they outright ban them?! I was never able to find any information on it, and assumed it was safe to bring my dog. I need to know, so that I know what to do next time I visit family if they don't pass the new law that removes breed specific references in the vicious dog law.
 

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Red-Breed Ban in effect
Blue -BSL Proposed
Green - BSL passed/no ban but additional restrictions beyond that of State law
**Note-State Law regarding Pit Bulls applies in all counties
1) Akron, Ohio (Summit County) Akron Pit Bull and other Breed Ordinances
2) Bay Village, Ohio (Cuyahoga County) Pit Bull Ordinance
3) Greenhills, Ohio (Hamilton County) Pit Bulls Banned effective 11/07
4) Cincinnati, Ohio (Hamilton County) Pit Bulls banned/Grandfather clause
5) Painesville, Ohio (Lake County) Pit Bull Ordinance
6) Youngstown, Ohio (Mahoning County) Pit Bulls Banned/effective 9/15/07/Grandfather Clause
7) Bexley, Ohio (Franklin County) Pit Bulls Banned
8) Defiance, Ohio waiting for clarification
9) Fairfield, Ohio (Butler County) Pit Bulls Banned
10) Golf Manor, (Hamilton County) Pit Bulls Banned
11) Mansfield, Ohio (Richland County) Pit Bulls Banned
12) Warren, Ohio (Trumbull County) Pit Bull Ordinance
13) Mentor on the Lake, (Lake County) Pit Bull Ordinance
14) Reynoldsburg, Ohio (Franklin County) Pit Bulls Banned
15) Silver Lake, Ohio (Summit County) Pit Bulls Banned
16) Celina, Ohio (Mercer County) Pit Bull Ordinance
17) Cleveland, Ohio (Cuyahoga County) Pit Bull Ordinance
18) Highland Heights, Ohio (Cuyahoga County) Pit Bull Ordinance**
19) Napoleon, Ohio (Henry County) Pit Bull Ordinance
20) Richmond Heights, Ohio (Cuyahoga County) Pit Bull Ordinance**
21) Springboro, Ohio (Warren County) Pit Bulls Banned - See Exemptions
22) St. Mary's, Ohio (Auglaize County) Pit Bull Ordinance
23) Wooster, Ohio (Wayne County) Pit Bulls Banned
24) Shaker Heights, Ohio (Cuyahoga County) Pit Bull Ordinance
25) Warrensville Heights, Ohio (Cuyahoga County) Pit Bulls Banned
26) Canton, Ohio (Stark County) Pit Bull Ordinance
27) Wauseon, Ohio (Fulton County) Pit Bulls Banned/exemptions/registrations
28) Tiffin, Ohio (Seneca County) Pit Bull Ordinance
29) Stow Ohio (Summit County) Pit Bull & Presa Canario Ordinance
30) Rossford, Ohio (Wood County) Pit Bull Ordinance
31) Oakwood, Ohio (Cuyahoga County) Pit Bull Ordinance
32) Norwalk, Ohio (Huron County) Pit Bull Ordinance
33) Mentor, Ohio (Lake County) Vicious Dog Ordinance/not breed specific
34) Massillon, Ohio (Stark County) Pit Bull Ordinance
35) Macedonia, Ohio (Summit County) Pit Bulls Banned
36) Lyndhurst, Ohio (Cuyahoga County) Pit Bull Ordinance
37) Lakewood, Ohio (Cuyahoga County) Pit Bull & Presa Canario Banned 7/2008
38) Glen Willow, Ohio (Cuyahoga County) Pit Bull Ordinance
39) Gahanna, Ohio (Franklin County) in accordance with state law
40) Delaware, Ohio (Delaware County) Pit Bull Ordinance/in accordance with state law
41) Conneaut, Ohio (Ashtabula County) Pit Bull & Presa Canario & Am Bulldog Ordinance
42) Cleveland Heights, Ohio (Cuyahoga County) Pit Bull Ordinance
43) Chillicothe, Ohio (Ross County) Pit Bull Ordinance
44) Canal Winchester, Ohio (Franklin County) Pit Bull Ordinance
45) Bedford Heights, Ohio (Cuyahoga County) Pit Bull Ordinance
46) Toledo, Ohio (Lucas County) Pit Bull Ordinance
47) Lorain, Ohio (Lorain County) Pit Bull Ordinance Proposed Motion FAILED 12/07
48) Sandusky, Ohio (Sandusky County) Pit Bull Ordinance Proposed Motion FAILED
49) Canfield, Ohio (Mahoning County) Pit Bull Ban Proposed


 

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50) Garfield Heights, Ohio (Cuyahoga County) Pit Bulls Banned effective 10/24/07 No Grandfather clause
51) Amberley Village, Ohio (Hamilton County) Pit Bulls Banned
52) Maple Heights, Ohio (Cuyahoga County) Pit Bull Ordinance
53) Girard, Ohio (Trumbull County) Pit Bulls Banned No Grandfather Clause
54) Athens, Ohio (Athens County) ALERT - BSL proposed for consideration/dropped
55) Parma, Ohio (Cuyahoga County) Pit Bulls Banned
56) Lima, Ohio (Allen County) Pit Bull Ordinance
57) St. Paris, Ohio (Champaign County) Pit Bull Ordinance
58) Barberton, Ohio (Summit County) Pit Bulls Banned/exemptions/registrations 2/1/08
59) Clayton Ohio (Montgomery County) Pit Bull & Presa Canario & American BulldogOrdinance 1/2008
60) Washington Courthouse, Ohio (Fayette County) Pit Bulls Banned 2004
61) Whitehall, Ohio (Franklin County) Pit Bull/Presa Canario Ban Proposed 2/08 Motion FAILED 6/3/08
62) Springfield Ohio (Clark County) Considering extensive Pit Bull restrictions 2/08
63) Sylvania Ohio (Lucas County) Considering Pit Bull restrictions 3/08/Decided against BSL 4/2008
64) Woodmere Village, Ohio (Cuyahoga County) Considering Pit Bull, Am. Bulldog, Rottweiler BAN 3/08
65) Lebanon, Ohio (Warren County) Pit Bulls Banned/1986
66) Ravenna, Ohio (Portage County) Decided against BSL 8/2008
67) Reading, Ohio (Hamilton County) Pit Bull Ordinance 9/08
68) Mt. Healthy, Ohio (Hamilton County) Pit Bulls Banned1990
69) Avon Lake, Ohio (Lorain County) Considering Pit Bull Ban 11/08
70) Jackson Twp, Ohio (Stark County) Opting for breed neutral DDO 11/08
71) Gallipolis, Ohio (Gallia County) Pit Bulls Banned 2/2009 No Grandfather Clause
 

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OK maybe Lauren needs my job :p If this can be moved please do so, it belongs in the BSL section.

Great info Lauren thanks :D
 

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Thankfully it looks like Medina is free from BSL, which is where I went and my dogs stayed during our visit.
 

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I moved it for you, Tye. To the OP,
Ohio state law currently considers all "pit bulls" (defined as "any dog commonly known as a pit bull") to be "vicious" dogs, and places special ownership restrictions and requirements on all dogs identified as "pit bulls."
 

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It is a very sad day when the government local, state, or otherwise can tell Americans what breed of dog we can own.....
 

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It is even sadder that they are casting a net large enough to encompass "all dogs that are commonly known to be pit bulls". Really sounds like they know what their talking about (tic). Remind anyone of the Salem witch trials?
 

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The enforcement of BSL is wrong and egregious because a dog's breed does not determine its individual character. It is the responsibility of the owner to mold a dog's behavior, and this legislation ends up punishing responsible owners. Furthermore, breed identification is rather problematic because there are over twenty dog breeds erroneously identified as being pit bulls.
The majority of BSL laws banning pit bulls do not actually ban a specific breed. The majority lists the APBT, SBT, and AST; however, they also ban or restrict any dog possessing "pit bull characteristics" whether or not they are actually a true pit bull. Ohio, for example, has a statewide ban of pit bulls, and they classify any dog as being a pit bill if it has the following characteristics: a short, squatty body, a large, flat head, a muscular neck, and a protruding jawbone. The problem with this description is that could fit any dog. Using those characteristics, the Presa Canario, Dogo Argentine, American Bulldog, and Bull Mastiff are only some of the breeds that would be classified as a pit bull if judged by appearance, but they are not actually pit bulls.
 
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