Yesterday Toledo Police Gang Task Force and the Lucas County Dog Warden’s office had thir first vicious dog round-up. They worked into the evening on a roundup of dogs found running at large, improperly confined, walked without a muzzle, lacking a license, or violating other laws. Eight Pitbulls were claimed by the ’round-up’. Tom Skeldon said his office picked up about 500 pit bulls during the first five months of this year.

Charges will be filed against owners who come to claim their dogs and dogs not claimed with be euthanized. (Source –

Now, I have no basic problem with vicious dogs laws. Most vicious dog laws define a vicious dog as ‘any dog that has caused serious injury or death or any person or another dog or animal without provocation’. Make sense. As much of a dog lover as I am I fully acknowledge that these dogs may pose a serious danger to society.

Looking into the legal codes of Ohio and specifically Toledo, their vicious dog laws contain this language but they also specifically targets dogs that ‘Belongs to a breed that is commonly known as a pit bull dog’ and further states, ‘The ownership, keeping, or harboring of such a breed of dog shall be prima facie evidence of the ownership, keeping or harboring of a vicious dog.’ (Ohio Basic Code)

Toledo’s Codes specifies:
505.14. Limitations on vicious dogs.

(a) No person or organization or corporation shall own, keep, harbor or provide sustenance for more than one vicious dog, as defined by Ohio R. C. 955.11, or a dog commonly known as a Pit Bull or Pit Bull mixed breed dog, regardless of age, in the City of Toledo, with the exception of puppies commonly known as Pit Bull or Pit Bull mixed breed for which the owner has filed an ownership acknowledgement form in person with the Dog Warden of Lucas County, prior to reaching seven (7) days of age. The ownership of these puppies must be transferred according to Ohio R. C. 955.11 before they are three (3) months of age. Additionally, this section requires that all vicious dogs, as described in the Ohio Revised Code, or dogs commonly known as Pit Bull or Pit Bull mixed breed dogs are required, when off the owners’ premises, to be securely confined as described in Ohio R.C. 955.22 and muzzled.

(b) Any vicious dog, as defined in the Ohio R. C. 955.11, or Pit Bull which is referred to in Ohio R. C. 955.11, which is outside the premises of the dog owner, shall be kept on a leash and muzzled until the dog’s return to the premises of ownership.

(c) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree. Each day that a violation of this section exists shall constitute a separate offense.

So you tell me – is this ‘just’ a vicious dog law or is this BSL? Seems to me you can call it a vicious or dangerous dog law but as soon as you single out a specific breed it becomes BSL, no way to pretty that up.  It’s just sad!!

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