H.B. 14

I posted this over at TT and then realized that I would offend the delicate sensitivities of the cheese eating Moonbats when I replied to their inane comments. Hence the cross post.

HB-14 was introduced by Barbara Sears as an attempt to rid Ohio of dog breed specific legislation. I suppose this is better late than never, but when the proposed legislation went into committee it was further modified until no one would recognize it. This is nothing but bad law, and the news media is carefully glossing over the significant changes. In particular if your dog is caught off leash three times it will be classified as a dangerous dog, no matter what the dog's behavior is and no matter where you live.

You can read HB 14 as introduced here and compare it to HB 14 as passed by the House. I blogged about it here. If you agree that this is a bad law, write your elected official and say so.

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(1)(a) "Dangerous dog" means a dog that, without provocation, and subject to division (A)(1)(b) of this section, has done any of the following:
(i) Caused injury, other than killing or serious injury, to any person;
(ii) Killed another dog;
(iii) Been the subject of a third violation of division (C) of section 955.22 of the Revised Code

The current dangerous dog definition is more restrictive:

(1)(a) “Dangerous dog” means a dog that, without provocation, and subject to division (A)(1)(b) of this section, has chased or approached in either a menacing fashion or an apparent attitude of attack, or has attempted to bite or otherwise endanger any person, while that dog is off the premises of its owner, keeper, or harborer and not under the reasonable control of its owner, keeper, harborer, or some other responsible person, or not physically restrained or confined in a locked pen which has a top, locked fenced yard, or other locked enclosure which has a top.

The way the current language reads, a dog only has to be loose one time before being labeled a dangerous dog. The new language gives the dog three strikes before reaching the same legal threshold.

It's simple: Keep your dog restrained. Legal issues aside, dogs tend to be attracted to moving objects, like cars. My neighbor learned that the hard way with her dachshund.

There's a city full of walls you can post complaints at

Yeah, I read it. Now you read it.

Sec. 955.11. (A) As used in this section:
(1)(a) "Dangerous dog" means a dog that, without provocation, and subject to division (A)(1)(b) of this section, has done any of the following:

Skipping past one and two, three is below on the next line:
(iii) Been the subject of a third violation of division (C) of section 955.22 of the Revised Code.

So, skipping down to division C, section 955.22 you'll find that:

Sec. 955.22.
(C) Except when a dog is lawfully engaged in hunting and accompanied by the owner, keeper, harborer, or handler of the dog, no owner, keeper, or harborer of any dog shall fail at any time to do either of the following:
(1) Keep the dog physically confined or restrained upon the premises of the owner, keeper, or harborer by a leash, tether, adequate fence, supervision, or secure enclosure to prevent escape;

Meaning that if any dog is caught for the third time running around outside without a leash the dog is classified as dangerous, no matter what the dog's disposition is. That is the example of bad law that people are missing.

It also leaves the dog owner open to abuse by neighbors.

Mad Jack
Mad Jack's Shack

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