Saturday, May 24, 2008

Ohio Proposes Pit Bull Ban

We have a beef with the state of Ohio. Well, not a beef. We like beef. But we don't like what the Ohio state legislature is considering. Ohio House Bill 568, recently introduced by Representative Tyrone Yates of Cincinnati, seeks to prohibit the ownership, keeping, or harboring of a dog commonly known as a pit bull. If this bill is passed and adopted into law, all pit bulls will be seized and euthanized.

Excuse me, Ohio, but has power afflicted your leaders' brains? (If any of your humans write anyone in office in Ohio, please don't include this statement in your letter. It will hinder your case, not help it. Always be polite when writing legal idiots .... um those with the power but minus a brain .... no, that's rude too. We have it! Always be polite when writing so your letter will be read instead of deep-sixed.)

This is what they want to pass:

Sec. 955.111. (A) Beginning ninety days after the effective date of this section, no person shall own, keep, or harbor a dog that belongs to a breed that is commonly known as a pit bull dog.

(B) Not later than ninety days after the effective date of this section, a person who owns, keeps, or harbors a pit bull dog on the effective date of this section shall surrender the dog to the dog warden. Not later than ten days after receiving the dog, the dog warden shall euthanize the dog.

(C)(1) Beginning ninety days after the effective date of this section, if an officer has probable cause to believe that a dog is a pit bull dog, the officer may apply to a court of competent jurisdiction for a search warrant. The court shall issue a search warrant for the purposes requested if there is probable cause to believe that a dog is a pit bull dog.

(2) After obtaining a search warrant, an officer shall seize the pit bull dog and surrender the dog to the dog warden. Not later than ten days after receiving the dog, the dog warden shall euthanize the dog.

(D) As used in this section, "officer" has the same meaning as in section 959.132 of the Revised Code.

From Petfinder: All concerned Ohio dog owners should contact their elected representatives and express their strong opposition to HB 568. To find your elected representatives, click here.

One question we have but don't have the time to research at the moment is, what does Ohio classify as a "pit bull"? There is actually no such breed. "Pit bull" is generally used to include: The American Staffordshire Terrier, the American Pit Bull Terrier, and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. There are, however, 20-plus breeds mistaken for a pit bull, which might help to explain why it seems as if just about every canine mishap or attack involves a "pit bull."

Breed specific legislation is wrong! If a man commits a violent crime, he is tried and sentenced. He receives a death sentence or a prison sentence based on a personal guilty verdict. The legal system does not send his extended family to prison or give each member a lethal injection. That would be a miscarriage of justice.

So why would the justice system consider condemning to death each and every member of an extended canine family, including presumed family members because they bear similar features? This kind of canine "justice" is completely insane!

We hope Ohio House Bill 568 will be shot down without mercy and without delay!

Our dog rescuing friend Mark sent us a link to this video about pit bulls. Enjoy.

17 comments:

  1. (((((HUGSSSSS))))) from all the Taylor CatSSSSS!

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  2. This just makes me ill. :(

    Maryann

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  3. What!!!!! I have never heard of such a thing. I thought Indiana only had a king but Ohio must have one too. I don't get it.
    Oh, sending hugs, hugs, hugs, hugs, hugs, hugs, hugs, hugs, hugs, to all. Sent so many so everyone could have there own. Let me know if we miscounted. Also sending xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo to all at your place.
    Sassy & Momo

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  4. I came by to wemembew Bonnie Undewfoot with lots of
    ((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))))))))
    fow all of you at JFF
    smoochie kisses,
    ASTA

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  5. We knew that people from Ohio were crazy but this is REALLY CRAZY (and we can say that cause our human was born IN Ohio)! Hope that nothing comes of this.

    Thank you so much from coming to our party! We hope you all had as much as we did!

    Love,
    Opus and Rosoce

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  6. The Meezers have started a hug-a-thon, so here are *hugs* from us to all of you!

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  7. We are fighting this through our political people. We are also embarassed that the state in which we live would propose such a cruel thing.
    We hang our heads....

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  8. This makes us so sick and angry. People sure are stupid and cruel sometimes.

    {{{{ HUGS}}}}} for everyone. ~Socks, Scylla & Charybdis

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  9. There seems to be no limits to stupidity.
    ECHO

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  10. Your blog is sad and we understand your comments. There is a fashion where we live for these types of dogs and many of them seem lovely, some of their owners on the other hand ... well ... they have these dogs not because they love animals but as an accessory to their own aggressive behaviour.

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  11. Stoppin in to leave another round of hugs for all of you.

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  12. Happy Memorial Day!

    For Our Troops:
    NEVER FORGET
    EVER HONOR

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  13. u know dat i'm notta luvver uv d-o-gz ... but mi mom iz an dis made her jus a little bit sick. she (an i, too) hope dat dis bill izzen't passed.
    it wood be a shame!
    luv--jh

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  14. great vid, great song and thank you jan for all you do to bring awareness

    longing for heaven and to be set free... all creation groans to be redeemed... human and animal...
    love,
    archi's mum

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  15. mommeh saz dat she werks wif dem alla tim. Mommeh saz, pit bull breed iz one of da sweetest breeds.

    She sinks dat dis law is horrible an iz prayin dat dis no come true. Petition nwhere?

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  16. I'm paraphrasing here, because I don't know exactly how the saying goes, but it's something like:

    "They came for the Jews* and no one said anything, they came for the (fill in the blank), and no one said anything...they came for ME, and no one was left to say anything."

    We could easily fit "pit bull" in the blank section, and it would work. Then, the "they came for Cats, and no one was left to say anything." could fit too.

    This HAS TO BE STOPPED. How to we protest, and who do we send letters to, if we're from another state?

    * Nothing personal, this is just how I remember the saying.

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  17. The video is very nice! Thanks for sharing it. I do hope the Ohio state is not passing the new bill. It is really sick and stupid to generalise and condemmed the whole breed just because of some irresponsible owners.

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