Even more good news out of the state of Ohio, as more and more communities are following the state's lead in repealing their breed specific laws and instead, moving to a breed neutral law that defines aggression based on behavior, not what a dog looks like.
Next on the list are Avon Lake, OH -- who unanimously passed a repeal 7-0 on Monday. Councilman Dave Kos, who pushed for a repeal 3 1/2 years ago said that attitudes have definitely changed on the council over time and the council was much more agreeable this time around.
Also, North Royalton, OH repealed their breed-specific law -- and now 'pit bulls' in that community are no longer automatically dangerous under local law. Thanks to Jodie at Bless the Bullies for this update.
Also, Painesville, OH has removed pit bull-specific language from their city law. Thanks to Stop BSL for this link.
Meanwhile, Xenia, OH revised it's Breed-specific law, so certain breeds are not automatically considered vicious in Xenia -- unless a dog in the household bites someone, then they are, even if the offending dog is not of a targeted breed. Weird. Thanks to Jennifer at Stop BSL for keeping us up to date on this one as well.
So more good news out of Ohio -- three more repeals, and a lot of changing attitudes about what constitutes a dangerous dog in the state (hint -- it's how it actually acts). This is definitely a sign that we're moving in the right direction. Minds are changing. People are becoming more educated and more aware of what science and experts say about canine behavior. Hooray.