Q: Ohio pit bull laws?

November 21, 2011 | By Jillian | 2 answers | Expired: 1528 days ago


Is anyone able to get a clear consensus on Ohio laws regarding pit bulls?

Earlier this year, house bill 14 was in the works to remove pit bulls from automatically being decided as "vicious dogs". It sat waiting for senate to vote, but that's where I'm lost. Was it passed or not?

Ohio law stated we must have $100,000 liability insurance that covers pit bulls if we're to harbor one, but when I called my agent {State Farm, who is supposed to be one of the few that accepts pits}, they had no idea what I was talking about. They also went on to say that they didn't know of anyone who did cover dogs of any breed.

So I have no idea what to tell adopters. Asking here b/c I keep forgetting to call HS or the dog warden.

Readers' Answers (2)

Nov 22, 2011

I don't know firsthand, but I always keep contact info or links to that kind of info when I find it so I'll know if I should send certain rescue requests to certain areas. We had a lot going on in Ohio a couple of years ago. Try this link and see if they clarify things for you: www.pittiesplace.com/OhioLaw.htm

Each city can have their own laws. I was thinking that Toledo had some sort of ban or limit on pit bulls so you might need to check that out too.

The Ohio Insurance Exchange supposedly offers dog liability.

It's a city law here that anyone with a pit bull or pit bull-type dog has to have $100,000 liability insurance, but I don't think a lot of the insurance agents are that aware of the local laws. We asked our State Farm agent once and she had to look it up and get back to us.

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Nov 30, 2011

Ohio does have BSL. Once in a shelter Pitts are not to be adopted out. It's important for people to remember that BSL is not a Federal OR a state ordinance. Each city and town is left up to it's own devices. This fact leaves a small area of wiggle room for owners, who may run into trouble, to fight their town's BSL through the legal system. If your dog is confiscated, has not bitten anyone and the cited reason is BSL, you should immediately challenge that with the courts. While the case is being reviewed the dog cannot be PTS. It's a long shot, but presently it's the best retaliation you have. Be sure to arm yourself with lots of legitimate research as well as precedents. For example, 8 months ago, Topeka, Kansas repealed their BSL. Prior to that, Topeka, as well as Denver, were known as cities with some of the most strict laws. Things are changing, however slowly.

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