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ravensrun65 05-27-2008 11:33 PM

Ohio REP. YATES Want ALL Pit Bulls Seized & Killed!
Ohio Representative Tyrone Yates<br />of Cincinnati has introduced a bill<br />which would demand that<br />all Ohio pits bulls<br />be seized by law enforcement,<br />taken to the pound, and killed.<br style="display:none"/><br />Tyrone K.<br style="display:none"/><br /><br /><br /> Yates (D)<br />District 33<br /><br /><a href=" 8yMTEvZ29sZGllNTQ0Lz9hY3Rpb249dmlldyZjdXJyZW50PXVu dGl0bGVkMTExMjIyMjIuanBn" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket" /></a><br />Address:<br />77 S. High St<br />11th Floor<br />Columbus, OH 43215-6111<br />Telephone: (614) 466-1308<br />Fax : (614) 719-3587<br />Email Address: <br /><br /><br />READ THIS!!!<br /> IT IS UNBELIEVABLE!<br />WRITE YOUR OHIO STATE REPRESENTATIVES!<br /> <br /><br />--------------------------------------------------------------------------------<br /><a href=" JpbGxzLmNmbT9JRD0xMjdfSEJfNTY4"></a><br />To amend section 955.11 and to enact section 955.111 of the Revised Code to prohibit the owning, keeping, or harboring of pit bull dogs beginning ninety days after the effective date of the act and to require specified officers to seize all pit bull dogs after that date.<br style="display:none"/><br />BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF OHIO: <br /> <br />Sec. 955.111. (A) Beginning ninety days after the effective date of this section, no person shall own, keep, or harbor a dog that belongs to a breed that is commonly known as a pit bull dog.<br style="display:none"/><br />(B) Not later than ninety days after the effective date of this section, a person who owns, keeps, or harbors a pit bull dog on the effective date of this section shall surrender the dog to the dog warden. Not later than ten days after receiving the dog, the dog warden shall euthanize the dog.<br style="display:none"/><br />(C)(1) Beginning ninety days after the effective date of this section, if an officer has probable cause to believe that a dog is a pit bull dog, the officer may apply to a court of competent jurisdiction for a search warrant. The court shall issue a search warrant for the purposes requested if there is probable cause to believe that a dog is a pit bull dog.<br style="display:none"/><br />(2) After obtaining a search warrant, an officer shall seize the pit bull dog and surrender the dog to the dog warden. Not later than ten days after receiving the dog, the dog warden shall euthanize the dog.<br style="display:none"/><br />(D) As used in this section, "officer" has the same meaning as in section 959.132 of the Revised Code.<br style="display:none"/><br />Section 2. That existing section 955.11 of the Revised Code is hereby repealed.<br style="display:none"/><br /><br /><br /> VOICE YOUR OPPOSITION<br />TO THIS BILL NOW!<br />WRITE YOUR OHIO STATE REPRESENTATIVES!<br />Click Here To Find Your City's State Representative( s):<br /></a><br /> <br /><br />--------------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />Click Here to HELP PIT BULLS!<br /><a href=" cv">[url]</a>

kmagic813 05-28-2008 12:05 AM

Re: Ohio REP. YATES Want ALL Pit Bulls Seized & Killed!
He lives on High Street. hahahaha
But on a more serious note, that sucks.

Kowai 05-28-2008 02:51 AM

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What a f@#king asshole!

gardawamtu 05-28-2008 09:54 AM

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Flip 06-04-2008 02:00 AM

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I used to live in Columbus... I left after ONE MONTH because its a f@#kED UP STATE. Period.

ravensrun65 06-04-2008 09:43 AM

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You have got to understand, fighting goes on all over the world, with all different species of animals. Ohio isn't the only one with this problem. And using fighting as a reason for BSL, well, it just won't fly. They will use another breed(or a different species) for fighting when the bully's are too hard to get, keep, train, etc. Don't buy into BSL, thinking it will stop all this. All BSL does is, kill good animals. Animals that have never known a gentle touch, a kind word, what it feels like to be loved. What needs to be banned are the PEOPLE that support animal fighting...and perhaps, the people that support BSL!
What breed is next? I'm not a fan of either side of this...I DO NOT support animal fighting and I damn sure don't support BSL!!! The more these unsavory people are turned into authorities, the more busts there will be, the more criminals will be, hopefully, the end, animal fighting must be stopped! To think it only involves "those types of people", that would be an uneducated statement. There are plenty of so called good people involved. Didn't the general public think Michael Vick was one of the "good people" until he was busted???

Nicole 06-04-2008 10:15 AM

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BSL affects dogs based on APPEARANCE ONLY. It has NOTHING to do with temperament. The alleged purpose of BSL is to increase public safety, but it can not do that because it completely overlooks temperament.

Breed-specific legislation (BSL) comes in many forms, from extra insurance policies and special licenses, to outright bans of particular breeds. It usually comes about after a critical or fatal dog attack. It generally targets a small set of dog breeds. It attempts to curb dog bites and dog attacks by implementing policies focused specifically on those breeds. And it is always a complete failure - technically and morally.

It's astonishing that BSL continues to spread even after studies have proven its fatal flaws. BSL is ruinously expensive to implement and enforce. Determining a dog's breed or mix is extremely difficult, often resulting in mistaken identities and ensuing lawsuits. BSL does not stop dog attacks or bites. It increases the financial burden on taxpayers, animal shelters, and animal control agencies. It doesn't stop irresponsible owners or dissuade criminals. It doesn't educate anyone about proper dog care. In the end, the punishment is doled out solely on responsible owners and good dogs. Good dogs are confined to their homes, unable to gain valuable social skills and training opportunities - or they are simply killed. Law-abiding owners are the only ones who end up shelling out money to pay for special licenses or souped-up fences, and they are the ones whose hearts are ripped out when their sweet dog is arbitrarily deemed "dangerous" and euthanized.

BSL exists because people are looking for an easy way out. It's easy to point fingers at a group of voiceless dogs and call them "dangerous". It makes for great sound bites on the evening news, and it gives politicians a way to distract people from real worries. It saves us from having to address the core problems - irresponsible, ignorant dog owners, bad breeders, criminals, and an uneducated public.

Some people mistakenly believe that owners of these so-called "dangerous" breeds do not care about public safety because they object so strongly to BSL. On the contrary, these owners are acutely aware of the need for strong non-breed-specific dangerous/vicious dog laws, and they fully support efforts to strengthen and enforce those laws. However, these owners also realize that the problem of dog bites and dog attacks does not lie within a single breed or group of breeds. The problem ultimately lies with the individual owner, and that is where the focus of dangerous dog laws should be.

Nicole 06-04-2008 10:17 AM

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As an important first step toward reducing dog attacks/bites, you need to evaluate your current dangerous dog laws. How effective are they?

Put a stop to leash law violations. These violations seem to be a significant enabler for vicious dog attacks. In areas without leash laws, animal control officers are powerless to catch loose dogs until they hurt someone. In areas with leash laws, the laws are usually weakly enforced and carry only minor penalties for offending owners. Many dog attacks reported in the news are committed by a loose dog or dogs running off their property. Loose dogs can also form packs, and multiple dogs running in a pack are even more dangerous than a single dog. Something needs to be done to stop dogs from roaming.

Strengthening (or enacting) leash laws is an excellent place to start when addressing the issue of dog attacks. Remember, it's not the dog's fault it's loose - it's the owner's fault. Owners are responsible for containing their dogs.

Higher penalties for owners who violate the leash law will dissuade more people from slacking on their duties to contain their dog. Enforcing the leash laws is very important, but often animal control agencies are underfunded and do not have enough employees. In many media-reported cases of dog attacks, the dogs have been loose several times before - but authorities do not respond until an attack occurs.

Increased funding for animal control agencies will allow them to add more officers to the payroll, thereby making it easier for them to act on loose dog calls. Remember, these agencies are already dealing with animal seizures, animal abuse, court cases, vicious dog bite calls, dog fighting rings, and more. Catching stray dogs is not a priority for overloaded officers.

Strengthen and enforce penalties for dangerous owners (and their dangerous dogs). In many municipalities, consequences for an owner of a dangerous dog are too light. In an instance of a dog attack in Illinois that killed a child, the dog's owner was not charged with anything. Here in Austin, the owner of a loose dog that attacked two school children did not face any charges because the dog was killed by a parent during the attack. National animal related organizations like NACA, HSUS, the ASPCA, and the AVMA enthusiastically support the strengthening and enforcement of non-breed-specific dangerous dog laws.

NACA states, in their policy statement regarding dangerous dogs, "Agencies should encourage enactment and stringent enforcement of dangerous/vicious dog laws. When applicable, agencies should not hesitate to prosecute owners for murder, manslaughter, or similar violations resulting from their animal's actions, and their owner lack of responsibility. Laws should clearly define 'dangerous' or 'vicious', and provide for established penalties. Penalties may include fines, imprisonment, and/or the relinquishing of total privileges to pet ownership. If a dangerous/vicious animal is allowed to be kept, laws should specify methods of secure confinement and control. A dangerous/vicious animal when kept outside should be confined in an escape-proof enclosure which is locked and secured on all six sides. Signs should be posted at property entrances and be visible from the nearest sidewalk or street. The licensing record could include a notation which will immediately identify an animal which has been deemed dangerous or vicious."

How do your dangerous dog laws compare? What kind of penalties do owners of vicious dogs face? Could the laws be stronger?

Crack down on dog fighting. This is another issue where lax laws and minimal funding often comes into play. Fighting dogs used to be consistently bred to be human friendly, but today, indiscriminate breeders and vicious individuals have transformed many of these dogs into human-aggressive creatures. Dog fighting today persists underground, and the dogs often suffer in horrible conditions and die gruesome, brutal deaths. Law enforcement officers and animal control departments struggle to break into these dog fighting rings, but the effort requires a lot of money, time, and manpower. When they are underfunded, the effort to stop dog fighting takes longer and is less successful. Additionally, many locales have disgustingly lax laws that allow dog fighters to get off the hook with light sentences and fines that are easily paid by winning dog fighters. There are also loopholes in various state laws that permit dog fight observers to get away free or with minimal punishment, and some states allow people to own dogs that will be used for fighting. How does your state deal with dog fighting? (.pdf)

The HSUS has started a campaign, Animal Fighting: The Final Round, to raise awareness about dog fighting, educate the public, and assist animal control departments and police officers in their efforts to eradicate dog fighting.

Strengthen animal abuse laws. Dogs can become aggressive as a result of cruelty/abuse, neglect, or improper care. Dogs need more than the basic food, water, and shelter stipulations that most communities have. A dog that is left alone in a backyard without socialization or mental stimulation can become unruly, destructive, and possibly aggressive. Chaining/tethering dogs is not only inhumane, it also fosters aggression. Chained dogs account for 25% of all fatal dog attacks. Many communities now have laws limiting the length of time a dog may be kept on a tether, what kinds of tethers are acceptable, what length/weight of tether is acceptable, etc. Physical abuse received from a person can make a dog distrustful of human beings and prone to attack out of fear. Communities need strong anti-abuse laws to put a stop to the owner-imposed neglect and pain that prompts some dogs to bite/attack humans.

Prevent criminals from owning dogs. The following people should not be allowed to own dogs: drug dealers, human or animal abusers, and anyone convicted of a violent offense (assault, rape, robbery, etc.). I could probably come up with more. These particular individuals have proven themselves unconcerned with the health and well-being of others. They can not be trusted to raise a dog with a concern for public safety. I don't feel that such a law needs to apply to individuals who may have committed a non-violent crime.

Regulate breeders. Although there is heated debate as to how best to do this, there is little denying the need for regulations regarding breeding. Backyard breeders and puppy mills produce mass quantities of puppies that are genetically compromised, both behaviorally and health-wise. They breed for money, without concern for good temperament or public safety. Often, their treatment of their breeding dogs and puppies borders on inhumane. Additionally, pet overpopulation puts a financial strain on animal control agencies and shelters.

What approaches can be made to combat dog attacks without needing additional laws?

Fund public spay/neuter initiatives. These programs are important, especially low-cost ones. Unneutered dogs, particularly males, are far more likely to attack a human than either neutered males or spayed females. Unneutered male dogs also tend to escape and wander more than neutered males. Low-cost spay/neuter programs reach out to citizens who may be unable to afford the regular cost of these surgeries. Do you already have a spay/neuter program in effect? Try making more funds available to the program and educating the public about the need to spay/neuter their pets.

Educate about dog behavior. A breakdown in communications between dog and human can have serious consequences for both parties. In particular, young children should be taught in school how to avoid dog bites. Almost half of all dog bite victims in the U.S. are young children. The HSUS offers information on how to "Stay Dog Bite Free!"

Encourage responsible dog ownership. There's more to keeping a dog than a food bowl and a dog house. Dogs are pack animals and they love to be with their "pack", their human family. They need attention and affection to be mentally well-adjusted individuals. They need proper socialization and training to ensure that they will become a good canine citizen. They also need exercise and mental stimulation, which can be provided through complex dog sports like agility, or even just a simple game of "fetch". Supporting dog sports and events in your area also shows owners that dogs are more than just lawn furniture. It may get some dogs out of backyards and into homes as more valuable family members.

Provide low-cost obedience training classes and behavior help hotlines for dog owners. Many owners struggle with their dog's behavior problems but don't know where to turn for help, or can't afford a regular training class. By assisting them with their troubles, you will not only reduce the liklihood of dog bites/attacks - you will prevent relinquishment of pets to the animal shelters because of misbehavior issues.

You don't need to enact breed-specific legislation to make your city a safer place to live.

BRANDON BOND 06-20-2008 07:53 PM

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he looks... so wierd?

BRANDON BOND 06-20-2008 07:53 PM

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like eddie murphy as a white guy???

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