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
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!