In a victory for the State of Ohio and all dogs in Ohio, the governor, John Kasich, signed HB 14 on February 21, 2012 and repealed the state’s breed discrimination law.
Thanks to pet advocates and members of Change.org, Best Friends Animal Society and the Ohio Coalition of Dog Advocates, a petition that garnered almost 19,000 signatures succeeded in influencing the governor to change the unfair law.
The 25-year law had automatically deemed Pit Bulls and any dogs that look like Pit Bulls as “vicious” and people that had these dogs as pets were fined and treated as criminals. Innocent dogs were euthanized in animal shelters based on their breed.
Check out this great video called “I Am Not Vicious” created to help spread the message. Here’s to more states following suit!