Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Ohio Rep Tyrone Yates Wants All Pit Bulls Seized & Killed!

Ohio State Representative Tyrone Yates (D-Cincinnati) has introduced HB 568, legislation to ban pit bulls throughout the state. HB 568 would require pit bull owners to forfeit their dogs to the dog warden for destruction. The bill would also authorize law enforcement to confiscate and kill any dog whom they suspect is a pit bull.

As stated in the proposed legislation:

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.

Read the full proposed law:

I am asking everyone to please take time to write or phone your state representative with regard to this ludicrous piece of legislation that Ohio Rep. Yates is trying to get passed. This will not only affect pure bred Pit Bulls but Pit mixes as well. It has been my experience, over the years, that our law enforcement officers and animal control can’t determine the difference between a Pit Bull and a Cocker Spaniel, so if they should happen upon your property and see your little mixed breed dog, they just might decided that it’s a Pit mix instead of a boxer/beagle and confiscate it, take it to the pound and have it killed. You, as a pet owner, will have NO SAY what-so-ever.

We need laws that will prosecute irresponsible pet owners, not laws that allow someone to come in our homes and take our beloved pets away to be killed.

Pit Bulls are not a dangerous breed ..... it’s the human owner who teaches the dog to be aggressive and fight. The “human” is the one who should be punished .... not the dog.

Destroying a breed of dog will not solve the problem. These irresponsible, low life humans will only go out and find another breed they can fight and make mean. It has happened time and time again. First it was the Dobermans, then the German Shepherds, then the Rottweilers, and now the Pit Bulls. The “DEED” is never punished, just the BREED.

PLEASE write or phone your Ohio Representative and put an end to this type of GESTAPO police action. We live in America, we are tax payers, and registered voters. WE ARE THE GOVERNMENT and WE HAVE A SAY IN WHAT GOES ON IN OUR LIVES AND IN OUR OWN HOMES. No one has the right to come onto our property and confiscate our animals without just cause.

Some of our most famous canines were Pit Bulls .... even War Heroes!

What You Can Do
Your elected officials need to know that you are against this alarmist and destructive legislation. Please be the animals' voice and call your representative today to ask him or her to oppose HB 568. We also request that you call the representatives who make up House leadership, as they can help stop this bill from advancing any further. Visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center to learn more and find the phone numbers for your representative and members of House leadership.

You can also locate your local representatives at the following link:

Thank you in advance for your support!


Angie said...

This is truly OUTRAGEOUS! I will certainly be contacting my representative!

Kat said...

Dear Mr Yates, as im sure you think you are so important you probably dont read these...I have raised 4 pitt bulls since childhood and saved and found a home for one my friend was going to take to the pound..I have to say not one of my dogs have ever bitten anyone..I love them like you would a child or other pet,i fed them my kids play with them..I currently have a Jack russell and a Pitt Bull..My boyfriend has a dachsund/Chiahuhau..anyways..the Pitt Bull is the most gentle with our new baby..Hes usually very excitable and in the way and clumsy..But never around my little baby,hes sweet and lays by him..My boyfriends little mix dacshun/Chahahua..he is mean,bites..unpredictable..Im just making the poin that just because a Pitt Bull is a pitt Bull doesnt mean he is a mean aggressive dog who is going to kill your child or someone elses..Mine loves kids and people..Pitt Bulls arent the only dog who wil bite,they are of large and small dogs..Im sure people are the biggest child killers.Maybe you should be working on a better law for people who hurt children instead of picking on one certain breed of dog you dont know anything about..If you did,youd know how big there hearts are and youd love them forever..I hope you arent alloed to pass a law such as this,it will be a sad day in America and i will have forever lost my faith in Laws and undrstanding how a few people can make so many believe without even really knowing..Knowledge is Power..get to know a Pitt Bull..Youll be forever enlightened

Lin said...

I do not live in Ohio, nor do I own a pit bull, but I think they are wonderful dogs..some of whom get bad owners. I wrote Yates, twice, and he does not have the manners to respond other than an auto reply touting how much he cares about peoples' obvious lie since he won't answer to opinions that don't agree with his. Yates is out of line with this insane, cruel bill of his. People should watch Dogtown on National Geographic on Friday nights or go to their online can get there by typing in National Geographic Dogtown and read up on what pit bulls are REALLY like, and how the Michael Vick dogs are rehabilitated. Vick put those dogs through hell, and now we have a Representative who wants to further this witch hunt against these dogs. It won't stop. Yates and his ilk will go after chows, rotties, and shepherds next. I hope the people of Ohio push down this bill and I hope they throw Yates out of office. Unfortunately he is eligible for one more term..please do not give it to him. This country does NOT need people like him in office.

Anonymous said...

I think that evil people start their craft with animal cruelty and could graduate to evil against his fellow man.