The Newark, Ohio Safety Committee will discuss changes to their breed specific ordinance at their meeting on Monday, October 8, 2012.
The city has been discussing the possibility of repealing their pit bull ordinance since July. As we advised in previous alerts, rather than repeal the cities breed specific law, City Councilman Jeff Rath is proposing a compromise. While Rath’s proposal removes pit bulls from being automatically labeled as vicious or dangerous dogs, it establishes special rules for “pit bull type” dogs. The council is divided on this issue, however, and some favor deleting the breed specific language altogether.
Nevertheless, the draft dangerous and vicious dog ordinance to be discussed at Monday’s meeting does create special provisions for pit bulls, including confinement and muzzling. In addition, the draft also proposes specific penalties for pit bull owners for violations of the law.
The ordinance being presented on Monday is a draft, and any ordinance approved by the Safety Committee would still need to go before the council as a whole, which means the possibility of repeal still exists.
Please continue to send your polite and respectful letters to the members of the Safety Committee encouraging them to move forward with repealing their breed specific law and adopting an ordinance similar to the law adopted for the State of Ohio in May.
870 W. Church
198 Mt. Vernon Rd.
1685 Greer Drive W.
Bill Cost Jr.
786 West Main Street
Marc D. Guthrie
1155 Saxony Drive
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