Deer Park, Ohio considering repeal of BSL

Officials in Deer Park, Ohio are considering revisions to the city’s vicious dog ordinance. One of those changes would be to remove the breed specific language from the current law. Please contact the Deer Park city officials and encourage their efforts to remove “pit bulls” from their ordinance.

Deer Park City Council meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are held in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 7777 Blue Ash Rd.

Deer Park City Council

Vicious dog ordinance to be revised later
11:13 AM, Oct. 10, 2012

Deer Park’s City Council members have decided more research is needed before they can amend the city’s vicious dog ordinance.

Councilwoman Chris Hedger originally suggested a change to Deer Park’s ordinance at the Aug. 6 workshop, saying that it should not be breed specific.

The ordinance update resurfaced at the Oct. 8 meeting, when the city’s law director, Andrew Helmes, said that while council wanted to take out any mention of a specific dog breed being categorized as “vicious” by the ordinance, Ohio law made more sweeping changes that include no longer listing the pit bull as a vicious dog and creating an entirely new category that determines some dogs as “nuisance” dogs.

“This will be a revamp of the entire law,” he said about the revision, adding that determining those changes will take more time.

Helmes also said that because the state law can supersede the city’s law and can be enforced until council makes a change to its own ordinance.


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