Repealing BSL (Pitbull Ban) in Parma, OH

Repealing BSL (Pitbull Ban) in Parma, OH

Keith Demerest
on Nov 26, 2012

As of May 22, 2012 Ohio State Law designating Pit Bull dogs as automatically vicious has been repealed. The repeal of the State Law, however, did not end Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) throughout the state. Cities have home-rule and there are many Pit Bull bans still in existence, including in Parma, OH- city ord. 618.09 The science on this matter favors repealing BSL and providing community education, over targeting responsible dog owners. However, Parma's Mayor and most of City Council still favor the Pitbull Ban. I feel like there is more interest in lifting the ban, than city council realizes, and I would like to begin the process of repealing this ordinance. Who is in favor of lifting the pitbull ban? Who is willing to help start a movement to lift the ordinance? What else do you have to say? Does anyone need more information on issue, and what questions do you have?

http://www.cleveland.com/parma/index.ssf/2012/04/parma_man_plans_to_fight_citys.html


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Faith Nezovich
on Feb 06, 2013 - 4:59 pm

Keith-

I am a Parma resident, and I would be more than willing to help move this forward.

 

 
Denise Geschwender
on Jan 30, 2013 - 3:08 pm

I'm all in favor of fighting the pittbulls ban in Parma. I'm a resident of parma & I'm a volunteer at the animal shelter. The sweetest dogs that we get in at the shelter are the pittbulls. Let me know of any help you need in getting this ban lifted. Strength in numbers!!!

 
Daryl Rowland
on Nov 27, 2012 - 1:18 pm

Keith, thank you for starting this conversation. Why don't you click on the action tab of this conversation and start a petition to repeal local laws?  (Joe Baur started one about the Casino Skyway and garnered well over the hundred signers he wanted) If you need help to do that, let us know.

 
John Gest
on Nov 27, 2012 - 12:25 pm

While I am not a resident of Parma, I am supportive of repealing BSL throughout Ohio and beyond.  Last year, here in Cleveland, animal advocates led by City Councilman Matt Zone were successful in altering what was then the city’s Vicious Dog Ordinance. Per that ordinance pit bulls (or “pit bull type”) were deemed vicious by virtue of birth. The inclusion of a specific dog breed unfairly predisposed innocent dogs and their responsible owners to unwarranted aggravation and expense.

 

Now Cleveland has a Breed Neutral Dangerous Dog Ordinance which is reasonable and responsible. It lays out a definition of dangerous based on actions.

 

I do strongly support a city or town adopting an ordinance that governs the handling and documentation of dogs, regardless of breed or type, which have proven to be harmful and thus a danger to other residents. Surely offending dogs and their owners should be the government's target. Dogs that have shown no aggression should not.

 

With that said, there are some strong individuals and organizations here in Northeast Ohio that can help advocate for a responsible review of Parma’s BSL. I would be happy to assist you in making connections.

 

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Keith Demerest
on Nov 28, 2012

John, thank you for the support. I am a volunteer with the Humane Society of Greater Akron, and they have been on the front lines of changing BSL in Ohio. I recently moved to Parma, so the plight of dogs and dog owners in this city is new for me. I guess I am just looking to see if there is a consensus of support on the issue here, before I try to take it on. From my experiences in other parts of the state, I would assume there is. I guess the next step would be to talk to the humane officers, education and community outreach directors that I already know, and see how we go about changing the law. I will work on this soon (in a couple weeks- after finals). Thanks again for your support. 

 
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