Ohio House Bill 568, introduced by Representative Tyrone Yates of Cincinnati, seeks to prohibit the ownership, keeping, or harboring of a dog that "belongs to a breed that is commonly known as a pit bull dog." Furthermore, if this bill is passed and adopted into law, all such dogs will be seized and euthanized...**THIS INCLUDES YOUR FAMILIES PET** It is imperative that all concerned dog owners in Ohio contact their elected representatives and express their vehement opposition to this draconian legislation.
HB 568 unacceptably provides that:
* No person shall own, keep, or harbor a dog that belongs to a breed that is commonly known as a pit bull dog.
* No later than 90 days after the effective date of this bill, a person who owns, keeps, or harbor a pit bull dog will be forced to surrender the dog to a dog warden.
* Within ten days of surrender, the dog warden shall euthanize the dog.
* If an officer has probable cause to believe that a dog is a pit bull, the officer may apply for a search warrant. After obtaining a search warrant, an officer shall seize the dog and transfer the dog to the dog warden, who shall euthanize the dog within 10 days.
Click here for a copy of this billhttp://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=127_HB_568Please help stop this.
All it takes is some half brained dog warden to think your lab or lab mix looks like a pitbull. Don't let this happen....If it does your breed could be next! Speak out against it!
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
All concerned Ohio dog owners should contact their elected representatives and express their strong opposition to HB 568. To find your elected representatives, click here: http://www.house.state.oh.us/index.php?option=com_displaymembers&Itemid=73
**UPDATE**---Update May 24, 2008
: H.B. 568, the proposal to ban pit bulls from Ohio, has been assigned to the State Government and Elections Committee.
I am asking you to write or call and urge them to vote NO on H.B. 568.
State Government and Elections Commitee members email addresses:firstname.lastname@example.org@email@example.com@firstname.lastname@example.org@email@example.com@firstname.lastname@example.org@email@example.com@firstname.lastname@example.org@email@example.com
It takes just one minute to send a email saying NO to HB 568!
Thank you for your support...since this petition has met and exceeded its goal I have now raised it to 5,000 signatures! Please pass this on to ANY and everyone you know with a dog...especially a pit bull!
Petition created by Erica L Lundy Erica.Lundy@Gmail.com