Well. The good news continues and we're adding two more to the list.
Last week, Strongville, OH added themselves to the list of Ohio cities that has repealed their breed-specific law. Like many Ohio communities, their local law mirrored the state law and while the change in the state law would allow them to keep their restrictions on specific breeds, they opted to go with a breed neuteral one. The law is expected to be approved later this month.
Similarly, Geneva on the Lake, OH also repealed their breed-specific law. Village Administrator Jim Hockaday noted that breed indentification was a point of contention for a breed-specific law and that the council believed "that there are less confoluted and effective means of achieving the same end."
Meanwhile, in Lucas County (Toledo area), for the first time in decades the county animal shelter has begun adopting out pit bull type dogs that pass their behavior evaluations. For decades, all 'pit bulls' that were not reclaimed were killed in the city shelter. A couple years ago, the shelter began allowing rescue groups to pull pit bulls, but now, they're adopting them out themselves. This shelter has come a long way from the days when the Dog Warden actually had a financial incentive to kill 'pit bulls'.
Congrats to these communities for stepping up for what is right and repealing their breed-targeting laws. And congrats to the advocates in these communities who are helping make it happen. More good news to come, I'm sure.