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Lakewood Patch Readers: End the Pit Bill Ban

We asked readers earlier this week what they thought. They sure responded.

Lakewood Patch readers say it’s time to end the ban on breed-specific legislation.

By a wide margin.

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. 

We asked Lakewood Patch readers on the matter.

The vote was lopsided, with 89 percent (528 votes) in favor of ending the ban, and 10 percent (63 votes) in favor of keeping it going.

(It's also important to note the that rolled in)

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 law, a dog can be labeled vicious only if it kills or causes serious harm to a person while unprovoked.

Kevin Butler, the '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.

Allison Smalley May 25, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Thanks for the follow up Colin... let's hope the right people see this!
Sweetie Pie May 25, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I'm wondering why Patch is pushing their fictive poll like this. It amounts to telling Lakewood to allow non-resident frauds to tell the town residents how to live their lives. The poll is not only not scientific, it's a total farce. Please note that pit bull fans always call on each other (world-wide) to influence this kind of phony poll: http://blog.dogsbite.org/2007/12/online-pit-bull-forum-blamed-for.html Even to the point of advising each other to delete cookies so they can vote again and again. Shame on you Patch! I'm glad Lakewood officials are ignoring this nonsensical exercise, and Patch's decision to act as a narrow-interest lobby instead of as a news source. I could've changed the results to my own view single-handed to if I felt like deleting the cookie 466 times...and if I felt okay telling Lakewood residents what to do with their lives. Again, shame on you Patch!
Colin McEwen May 25, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Sweetie Pie, we're welcome to criticism. One request, per our terms of use (lakewood-oh.patch.com), please use your name. Not (at all) really feeling like getting into a debate with you, If the vote had gone the other way, I would have reported that, too. We do note that it's a completely unscientific poll. No secret 'bout that. Seems like a lot of work to delete cookies... I wouldn't do it. Thanks for sharing.
Steve May 25, 2012 at 05:36 PM
@sweetie pie, Your not. I see you bloged on the 'lutherville-timonium' patch site, whick tells me YOU are the outsider, telling lakewood people how to run our government. Shame, Shame on you. Also, dogsbite.org is the worst site for REAL information, way to many lies and fallacies. There real information out there, why don't you find it. Lakewood is a great place to live, you should come, just leave your prejudices behind. And stop lying.
Bob Smith May 25, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Once again, Steve blows us all away with his pigeon English. He either dropped out of high school or graduated from Cleveland State.
Colin McEwen May 25, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Come on, Bob. No personal attacks please.
Vicki May 28, 2012 at 08:31 PM
I find it ironic that Kevin Butler says the current law banning pit bulls will stay in place when it appears that non-pit bull dog attacks go pretty much unnoticed. A friend of mine, now a former resident of Lakewood, had her senior dog, a border collie attacked by a neighbors American bulldog and a mixed breed. The border collie had to be stitched up -- extensively, yet the owners of the attacking dogs apparently went unpunished. It's not so much the dogs as the irresponsible ownership of these dogs, or any other dogs. THAT's what needs to be addressed but isn't, in Lakewood.
Sweetie Pie June 04, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Colin, I'd like to know what kind of dog you (or your relatives and friends) have at home. After all, Maryland Frederick County commissioner Blaine Young who announced that he'd be against the Maryland ruling because otherwise his pit-owning daughter (and friends) might have to buy insurance. Real journalism means you reveal whatever personal conflicts of interest you have, background that influences your writing, and so on. Yellow journalism is something else again -- but you might not know what that is? Saying 'not scientific' is quite another thing than saying 'so open to manipulation as to be in fact worthless'. Vicki: You must know that the so-called American bulldog is a pit-bull derivative, but bred up to be twice the size of the classic Ku Klux Klan pit-bull type dog of the 1930s. Citing an AmBull attack as a non-pit attack doesn't fly. As for real names -- everyone who speaks any truth about the pit-type dogs ends up terrorized by the pit fans. This can be on-line, but they also go to great lengths to find out where people live and work, so as to terrorize them in the non-virtual world. If you object to me not subjecting myself to this, then don't post this comment. If you're a real journalist, you'll investigate why and how the pit-lobby is imitating other criminal organizations. Up to you, it seems there's no editor-in-chief with real credentials watching you.
Sweetie Pie June 04, 2012 at 03:30 PM
@ Steve: I see you bloged on the 'lutherville-timonium' patch site, whick tells me YOU are the outsider... I'm not blogging anywhere, have no idea what you're talking about. I'm a Maryland resident (I won't go any farther than that in telling the pit fans where to search for me), so I have every right to be taking part in this discussion. Ya know, all the Maryland ruling does is impose insurance requirements on pit owners. If they have adequate insurance, their landlord won't feel like s/he is the one who will have to pay through the nose for the tenant's choice of killer dog. I have a goofy-benevolent non-pit ordinary household dog. I carry $500,000 insurance just in case a leash breaks or something, and this goofy-benevolent dog runs into traffic, causing an accident when someone tries not to run him over. What is the problem? Why is it that the pit fans are coming into big-time 'oh, poor-me!' rebellion at the very idea that they must (now) do what any responsible dog owner does? I thought they were all for responsible ownership?...
Steve June 04, 2012 at 04:58 PM
@Sweetie Pie - The only non-resident fraud on here is you. I live here, you don't, period. Go preach to your choir in Maryland, they need all the help they can get. And if you call that a blog, you are mistaken. Someone asked for positive stories and I guided them to a website that provides just that, a positive side of your "killer pitbulls". You need to get a real life and find other reading than dogsbite. You are not from Lakewood, but you infer that you are, therefore you should butt out, and quit giving false impressions that you are from Lakewood. http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fdogsbyte.org%2F2012%2F04%2F29%2Fpit-bull-heroes%2F&h=EAQEnlcjM

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