Tom Skeldon is up to his antics again -- even though the thought process is completely illogical.
ABC13 reports that Skeldon is now pushing for more legislation against "pit bulls" in the Toledo area, following the attack of a chained dog by a stray 'pit bull'. Skeldon's new proposal would be to now institute mandatory spay/neuter of all 'pit bulls' over the age of 6 months. Toledo's current law says that no one may own more than one "pit bull' per household (Skeldon has 16 different breeds that he uses to define a 'pit bull') and requires a dog to be leashed and muzzled off the owner's property.
The drug trade and pit bulls attacks seem to go hand in hand. That is why Tom Skeldon wants City Council to pass an ordinance requiring pit bulls from six months and up to be neutered.
A couple of notes here:
1) The "pit bull" (which according to the picture on the website, appears to be more of an American Bulldog) that was involved in the attack was already in violation of the current leash and muzzle ordinance. What appears to be needed is the ability to enforce the current leash law instead of instituting new laws that can't be enforced. This incident, that Skeldon is using as a basis for yet more unnecessary legislation was COMPLETELY AVOIDABLE BY ENFORCING THE CURRENT LEASH LAWS.
2) If Skeldon were more concerned about rounding up stray dogs than he was about gathering up his 1300 'pit bulls' that he killed last year, and working on defending his laws in the Ohio Supreme Court, maybe he would have been able to save this family's dog by rounding up this stray. He's focusing way too much time on the wrong things that don't help public safety. His mandatory spay/neuter idea will make this worse, not better.
3) I'm not in law enforcement, but it seems completely illogical to me that we would at any point consider fighting the drug traffickers with dog ordinances and dog wardens vs with SWAT teams and felony drug laws. If someone can please let me know why it makes sense to send a dog catcher into a drug house to be sure its dog is spayed or neutered instead of busting the house for drugs. I'd love the enlightenment, because I can't connect the dots on that one.
Toledo's "Pit Bull Problem" has infinitely more to do with Tom Skeldon and the local law enforcement not doing their jobs than it does with anything to do with 16 breeds of dogs.