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Lakewood Eyes Dropping 'Dangerous Dog' Registration Fee

City council eyes measure that would ditch the registration fee for “dangerous dogs.”

Per its 2008 ordinance, the city of Lakewood requires that owners of dogs deemed “dangerous” pay a $50 registration fee each year.

That may change with an ordinance introduced this week by that would “eliminate the fees associated with the annual renewal of registrations of dangerous animals.”

Ward 2 councilman Tom Bullock, who proposed the measure, said that the fee was included in the to cover the city’s initial cost of registration — including verifying that dogs were insured and had microchips implanted in them. 

“However, registration for subsequent years is less work-intensive,” Bullock said, adding that most of the work now consists of filling out a renewal form. 

“Given that our rationale for collecting fees is not punitive but rather to compensate the city for expenses incurred, the attached ordinance proposes to adjust the fee to zero for registration of dangerous dogs in subsequent years after the initial registration.”

The ordinance was referred to council’s public safety committee where the issue will be discussed further.

The statehouse voted 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 state law, a dog can be labeled vicious only if it kills or causes serious harm to a person while unprovoked. However, Kevin Butler, the 's law director, told Lakewood Patch earlier this year that Lakewood’s ban would stand.

Lakewood Patch this year that the city should end the ban. , and let us know what you think in the comments

Kathleen September 07, 2012 at 05:18 AM
Can't we just ban "Dangerous Owners" ??!!
Kim H September 07, 2012 at 01:27 PM
You can learn a thing here: http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/city-rejects-breed-ban-1.945356
Steve September 07, 2012 at 01:39 PM
@Jane-Thanks for correcting me, that is what I ment to say. 50% vs 51% does not make a dog dangerous. Media frenzy and stubborn polititions are the ones doing the most harm spreading the fear when there is none. I for one would love to be able to adopt ANY dog of MY choice from CAC or other shelters, rather than having them put to sleep thru no fault of their own, only because they were born looking a certain way. I only wish Kevin Butler would put some pressure on city council, he knows this law is doing nothing positive for the people's safety, or our dogs.
Crystal Winters October 18, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Jason, your hatetred for the breed stems from,what happened to have you wasting energy on fact based FASENESS. DO YOU THINK A DOG IS REALLY BORN HAPPY,LOVING,READY TO OBEY COMANDS AT BIRTH?? or do you think a dog is born, then a HUMAN treats the dog inhumanly,beats it,straps a 10-25pound chain thats only 3-6ft in length to their neck and leavs the dog to sit in an area of what,lets esstimate circumfrance of 6ft. Try to please think for a min that your that dog, how would you act?? A life of nothin but beatings,abuse,never getting the chance to be loved on, not being able to count on meals, or clean water. Then everytime you do get a chance to get close with your so called owner, your put to work by fighting to the death, and hey you can count one 1 thing for sure, if you DON'T win the fight, or ya get mangled up so bad your owner will be there to through you to the side so you can die. Hows that life sound???
J August 04, 2013 at 07:40 AM
I find the entire scenario very sad, and I feel bad for the people who are good pit bull owners that have been affected by this ban. I feel even worse for the dogs who had to be abandoned or given away. I have a couple of my own. Most people who meet them say they are friendliest and most loving dogs they have ever met. It would be absolutely ridiculous to call them dangerous. How ever dangerous is not dangerous in Lakewood. Dangerous in Lakewood is pit bull. My hope is that they at least develope some program where they can determine whether or not a dog is really dangerous, and make the owner comply to guidelines as they see fit. That way the well behaved pit bulls and their responsible owners would have an opportunity to live in Lakewood. I doubt the people they intended this law for are affected much at all. It's the responsible owners who love their dogs that are being affected the most.

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