Hopefully, the Newark Council will see the common sense and make the necessary changes.

Bless the Bullys

Residents in Newark, Ohio are asking the city council to amend the city’s ordinance regulating the ownership of “pit bulls.”

Under Newark city code 618.15, any dog that “belongs to a breed that is commonly known as a pit bull dog” is designated as vicious regardless of whether it has ever acted or displayed dangerous behavior.

The city’s current ordinance requires owners of “pit bulls” to maintain a $100,000 liability insurance policy, keep their dogs in an approved locked pen or other locked and covered enclosure, muzzle their dogs while off their property, and microchip and register their dogs, keeping that information current with the city.

Councilwoman Rhonda Loomis has introduced a proposal to the Safety Committee that would amend the ordinance and remove the “vicious dog” status for pit bulls that pass the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen test.  The 10-point test requires dogs to tolerate strangers and other dogs…

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