Tuesday, February 7, 2012

How Did Pit Bulls Get Such a Bad Rap?

This is a great article from CesarsWay.com:

By Jon Bastian

If current news reports are to be believed, pit bulls have been attacking and biting humans left and right—to the point that many communities are considering breed-specific bans on pit bulls.

Would it surprise you to learn that pit bulls used to be America’s darlings? Before the mid-80s, stories of pit bull attacks are practically non-existent. There is even some confusion over exactly which breed of dog is a pit bull—the definition includes the American pit bull terrier, the Staffordshire terrier and, at times, the bulldog. This confusion seems to have dogged the breed from the beginning, as there is some disagreement over the origin of pit bulls.

Where do pit bulls come from and how did they get such a bad rap?

Read the full story on CesarsWay.com.

Ohio Dog Auctions Act - 2012 Ballot Initiative

From BanOhioDogAuctions.com:

“While there are no plans to re-open the auction…it is not prudent for the Ohio Professional Dog Breeders Association to say they will never re-open the Ohio Dog Auction."

Polly Britton, Lobbyist for Ohio Association of Animal Owners (OAAO), in a January 5, 2012 Media Release



On behalf of the Committee for the Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions (CBODA), I want to extend a HUGE THANKS to the over 1,000 volunteer petition circulators who helped raise awareness of our citizens-initiated statute - Ohio Dog Auctions Act - by helping to collect 160,494 signatures from across all 88 Ohio counties!

On January 27, 2012, the Secretary of State, John Husted, certified 118,115 signatures (74% of all signatures collected; a total of 115,570 was needed), permitting CBODA to move forward with our 2012 ballot campaign.

We are incredibly grateful to each and every one of these dedicated animal advocates, many of whom work full-time jobs, are raising families as single parents and/or contribute time and energy to various humane organizations and causes across the state!


The Ohio General Assembly has until April 2 to pass the Ohio Dog Auctions Act.

If the Ohio General Assembly fails to pass the Ohio Dog Auctions Act, CBODA will move forward with plans to present our initiated statute to voters during the November General Election!

More details concerning our “Go Forward” strategy by which we will present the Ohio Dog Auctions Act to Ohio Voters in 2012 will be mailed under separate cover the week of March 5.


Donate! The Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions (CBODA) is an Ohio citizen-driven, community-based, bipartisan coalition that has come together to address Ohio dog auctions through the 2012 ballot initiative (Ohio Dog Auctions Act).

What has contributed to our incredible success is the fact that our Coalition is 100% volunteer driven with funding to sustain our campaign provided through the generosity of many Ohio citizens and their immediate and extended families.

Click here to contribute $10 towards helping to end dog auctions in Ohio!

Raise Awareness! Businesses and groups from all over Central Ohio have been showing their support by writing letters, organizing and making their views known. But we need to turn up the volume. Our elected officials need to know without a doubt that this issue matters.

1. Write (or fax) a Letter to the Editor of your local newspaper asking them to support a ban on Ohio dog auctions. Emphasize that you will not be spending any dollars in counties that support dog auctions and puppy mills!

Click here for a Media Directory of Ohio's Major News Sources.

2. Ask the same from all your friends, family, co-workers and state elected officials (download attached Endorsement Letter)!

Click here to locate your state legislators.


Thanks to the dedication and perseverance of over 1,000 volunteer petitioners (and counting!), we are receiving widespread media coverage on reaching this critical step in our 2012 ballot campaign.

Click here to read all media releases on our 2012 ballot initiative.


In addition to our 2012 ballot initiative, seven bills relating to the welfare of companion animals are still pending in the 129th Ohio General Assembly. Click here to view the status of all Ohio companion animal bills pending in the 129th Ohio General Assembly.

The Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions remains steadfast in their commitment to send a strong message to state legislators that dog auctions serve as a major distribution channel for buyers and sellers from 15 states, many of whom have long standing repeated violations of the Animal Welfare Act and/or have been convicted of animal cruelty.

As Ohio voters and taxpayers, we are committed to supporting a 2012 ballot initiative to ban these events from our community!

Thanks everyone for your continued passion and dedication to raising awareness of the Ohio Dog Auctions Act! This incredible accomplishment couldn’t have happened without you!

P.S. We invite you to join the over 1,160 voices who have become members of our Face Book group, Ohio Voters against Puppy Mills and Dog Auctions!

Membership is FREE, and our portal serves as a great vehicle in which to receive timely updates on issues and campaigns addressing Ohio dog auctions, puppy mills and the entities that support and keep them in business.

ACTION NEEDED! For more information on how you can become a member, please click here.

Mary O'Connor-Shaver
Columbus Top Dogs


LEGISLATIVE ALERTS: Please visit our Home page for pending legislation impacting the welfare of OH animals - http://www.columbustopdogs.com/

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Pit bulls may be freed of ‘vicious’ label

UPDATE 2/21/12!!
Kasich signs dangerous dog bill into law, ends 'vicious' pit bull label

The Columbus Dispatch
February 1, 2012

Pit bulls no longer would be classified as “vicious” animals under a bill that soon should be headed to the governor’s desk, and the Ohio Senate is expected to vote today on a separate measure designed to crack down on abusive puppy mills.

Ohio is the only state that classifies a specific breed of animal as vicious, but a bill that passed the Senate 27-5 yesterday should change that.

Sen. Mark Wagoner, R-Toledo, said Ohio law discriminates against a specific breed. “In doing so, it discourages responsible dog owners from complying with licensing requirements. Canine profiling is expensive, ineffective and infringes on property rights.”

Classifying pit bulls as “vicious” has led to, among other things, the need for liability insurance.

Instead of Ohio’s 25-year-old law labeling pit bulls vicious, the bill, which still needs final House approval of Senate changes, wouldn’t classify dogs that way in advance. Should behavior problems arise, dogs could be classified in one of three categories: “nuisance,” “dangerous” or “ vicious.”

The latter classification would be for a dog that, without provocation, seriously injures or kills a person. Those animals often would be seized and euthanized.

Owners of a dog placed in one of the three classification would face penalties ranging from fines to felony charges.

Read the full story on Dispatch.com.

Additional Resources:

Watch the Ohio Senate vote on Sub. H.B. 14 on The Ohio Channel website (at the 46-minute mark):

Read Sub. H.B. 14: