Ohio Democrat Seeking to Outlaw ‘Pit Bull Terrier’ Ownership

Why in the world do Ohioans keep voting Democrats into office. There are a bunch of unreasonable, if not always immoral, dictators. Here is a perfect example of their dictatorial bent.

In the “Final solution proposed in Ohio” published by the Ronaoke Times, Nona Nelson reports that Cincinnati Democrat Rep. Tyrone Yates introduced House Bill 568, Sec. 955.111 last week. The bill amends Sec. 955.11 of the Ohio Revised Code first by omitting pit bull dogs from the category of vicious dog, and then by adding the new sections criminalizing owner of pit bull dogs. The text of bill is as follows:

(A) Beginning ninety days after the effective date of this section, no person shall own, keep, or harbor a dog that belongs to a breed that is commonly known as a pit bull dog.

(B) Not later than ninety days after the effective date of this section, a person who owns, keeps, or harbors a pit bull dog on the effective date of this section shall surrender the dog to the dog warden. Not later than ten days after receiving the dog, the dog warden shall euthanize the dog.

(C)(1) Beginning ninety days after the effective date of this section, if an officer has probable cause to believe that a dog is a pit bull dog, the officer may apply to a court of competent jurisdiction for a search warrant. The court shall issue a search warrant for the purposes requested if there is probable cause to believe that a dog is a pit bull dog.

(2) After obtaining a search warrant, an officer shall seize the pit bull dog and surrender the dog to the dog warden. Not later than ten days after receiving the dog, the dog warden shall euthanize the dog.

In a report by MyFox Clevelend, Rep. Yates is quoted, saying, “I think eliminating vicious dogs is as important to reclaiming our cities as controlling gun violence and making sure our young people are going to school.” He forgot to mention eliminating transfat and making certain immorality is legally protected.

Opposing Yates is Dave Vickers, Director of the Humane Society of the United States. He said, “Enforcing leash laws will keep most of the attacks from happening…. dogs very rarely attack on a leash because they can be pulled back.”

Nelson also found it interesting that two organizations seldom in agreement of legal matters oppose this bill. The Humane Society and the American Kennel Club are campaigning against the bill. Nelson says she plans to launch her own campaign. She intends on sending a letter to Yates asking him to withdraw this bill and not punish innocent dogs and their families for the deeds of human criminals.

Yates bill is the first step to a doggie of the Nazi final solution. It will open the door to criminalizing owners of any breed of dog that can be regarded as vicious. As pointed out by Nelson, breed specific legislation already exists “in other states, counties and cities that bans not only bully breeds, but rottweilers, Dobermans and German shepherd dogs.” According to the Vickers, it is home insurance companies that will determine which breeds are dangerous.

Nelson is right. Bills like Ohio HB 568 set a dangerous precedent and infringes on the rights of law-abiding citizens, but then infringing on our rights has never been of great concern to Democrats.

The bill has been sent to the State Government and Elections Committee.
Because it has no co-sponsors, the bill will likely get lost in the Committee. Nevertheless, your representative should know what you think about bills like HB 568. You can join the Humane Society, American Kennel Club, and pit bull owners like Nona Nelson in opposing HB 568 by writing, emailing, faxing, or calling your state representatives.

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