In Ohio, pit bulls are no longer “vicious” animals, according to a new state law that went into effect on Tuesday.
But that did little to change Lakewood’s ordinance, which considers them both dangerous and vicious.
The statehouse voted earlier this year to repeal the breed-specific language in the Ohio Revised Code, declassifying pit bulls as “vicious animals” at the state level.
However, it does not apply to local municipalities.
Under the new law, a dog can be labeled vicious only if it kills or causes serious harm to a person while unprovoked.
Kevin Butler, the city of Lakewood's law director, told Lakewood Patch earlier this year that Lakewood’s 2008 ordinance deeming all pit bulls and canary dogs as “dangerous animals” would stand.
“I don’t believe that merely removing pit bulls from the definition of vicious animals in the state code alone would affect our ordinance, because it doesn’t classify them as vicious animals,” he said.