Victory! Cincinnati Repeals Breed Ban

Dog lovers and animal advocates finally saw a victory yesterday when the Cincinnati City Council in Ohio voted 8-1 to repeal language in the city’s vicious dog ordinance that made owning a pit bull within city limits illegal.

“It’s fantastic. It’s been a long effort, but we’ve had some great supporters from all across the country … that’s had an overwhelming affect on Council. Dog owners, of pit bulls or not, have flooded Council with requests to change the law,” said Jim Tomaszewski, SPCA Cincinnati trustee and lobbyist for the removal of the city’s BSL.

The ban had been in effect since 2003 under the guise of public safety and was kept despite an amendment to state laws last February that changed the definition of vicious dogs so that they would no no longer be defined solely based on looks.

Fortunately, advocates kept fighting for the repeal arguing that it was wasting law enforcement’s time, along with a lot of taxpayer money spent on supporting confiscated dogs while their cases were pending and prosecuting the few people who kept pit bulls, in addition to the fact that it adversely affects good dogs and responsible owners.

A Task Force for the Humane Treatment of Animals will also be created to crack down on animal abusers and promote humane care.

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Harshiita Sharma
Harshiita Sharma3 years ago

Great News!!

Past Member
Past Member 3 years ago

Great news! I hope it is the beginning of a trend as well. There is a related article that is _wonderful_ about this subject: I encourage any skeptics to take a look at it and check out the photo ID 'test' before maintaining support for breed ban legislation. I often think of this in a far less politically correct way than the author of the article listed above. From my point of view, breed bans are analogous to gun control laws: guns don't kill and neither do dogs, people do.

I totally support personal accountability being enforced by the courts in this country, but let us stop blaming the 'weapons' and start holding their users accountable. That to me is the only way to stop the kind of harm at issue. Thank you for reading this!

Carrie Anne Brown

good news thanks for sharing, glad the dogs aren't being judged by their breed, needs to judged on each individual dog and owner :)

Tatyana Ivanova
Tatyana Ivanova3 years ago

I don't support keeping dogs of some breeds at home, however, I don't think that the ban is a good option.

jessica r.
jessica r.3 years ago

Great news! I'm so glad these breed banning laws are being repealed. A bad law in so many ways!

Anita Wisch
Anita Wisch3 years ago


Louise Peacock
Louise Peacock3 years ago

I'm with Robert F. Nail the jackasses who use dogs, dogs of ANY ty pe as weapons of mass destruction. Stupid people who use dogs for fighting, stupid people who treat dogs like cr@p.

I would like to see those people publically ridiculed and placed in an old-fashioned device called the Stocks. I think they might change their behaviour. Bring back public flogging too.

Maria D'Oporto
Past Member 3 years ago

Thank you Monica for the information, I am so glad they banned this bill, because they need to stop the abuse and to prosecute the people responsible for the dogs, not only punish the dogs.

Maggie Carmel
Maggie Carmel3 years ago


Waheeda Smith
Waheeda S.3 years ago

Good for Cincinnati! BSL is a joke.