The sweet sound of victory has finally come for Pit Bull advocates in the town of Reynoldsburg, Ohio. The city’s acting mayor, Doug Joseph, signed a bill repealing the discriminatory ban on Pit Bulls that has been in place since 1996. The new ordinance was signed on February 26th and will become active after 30 days. For Pit Bull lovers in the city, it couldn’t have come soon enough.
For those familiar with breed specific legislation (BSL), this is a major victory since more than 937 cities in the U.S. have breed bans, most of which specifically target Pit Bulls. In the city of Reynoldsburg, the fight for this loving and loyal breed has been lead by the group, Pit Bulls for Reynoldsburg. This group was organized by citizens in support of a breed neutral Reynoldsburg, and their relentless dedication has finally paid off. On their facebook page, they posted the simple, yet powerful statement, “It’s over folks. We won!! No more Pit Bull ban in Reynoldsburg.”
We hope that this small town serves as an example to other cities that BSL is not a fix for irresponsible pet ownership. Education and other alternatives are the only way to tackle these issues. BSL does more harm than good as it literally kills innocent dogs and breaks up families. With a more than 90 percent euthanasia rate in shelters, homeless pitties and other bully breeds who are sent back to shelters because of BSL are sent to their certain death. There is no excuse or even proof that this ban on Pit Bulls has any benefits whatsoever and we are so glad that this was realized in the town of Reynoldsburg – let’s hope other cities follow along.
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