Ohio is the only state that summarily deems a breed of dog “vicious.” Rep. Barbara Sears (R-Sylvania) hopes to end canine profiling in Ohio and has introduced HB14, which would strike the provision that calls all pit bulls vicious.
Sears explains that pit bulls aren’t the first to be declared vicious: "In the 1970s, it was the German shepherd. In the 1980s, it was the Doberman. In the 1990s, it was the Rottweiler. We shouldn't put something in permanent law that is a moving target.” Instead of targeting specific breeds, she says, the law should focus on reckless owners of dangerous dogs.
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