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Raleigh Durham Fayetteville Wilmington North Carolina Dog Bite Attorney Lawyer Discusses New Muzzle Law


Posted on Oct 15, 2007

Dangerous pit bulls and other vicious dogs are a threat to the community. One city in Ohio decided to go a step further than most communities to protect their citizens from vicious dogs. On September 4 of 2007, the City Council of Painesville, Ohio unanimously voted to amend the vicious-dog ordinance for the city. After the amendment, the ordinance states that any pit bull, pit bull mixed breed, or any other vicious dog, as defined by the Ohio Revised Code, must be muzzled and kept on a leash if off the premises of the owner and must remain muzzled and on a leash until returning to the owner’s premises. Also the ordinance states that a person is limited to owning, keeping, harboring, or providing sustenance for only one pit bull or other vicious dog within Painesville city limits. Violation of either of the new additions to the law will result in a first-degree misdemeanor charge, which is punishable by a maximum sentence of six months and/or a fine of up to $1,000. According to Rodney Shelton, Painesville has an abundance of loose pit bulls. He stated that they have more pit bulls brought to their facilities from Painesville than any other city in the United States. He hopes that the stiffer penalties brought by the ordinance, plus the $100,000 liability insurance Ohio pit bull owners are required to purchase will force vicious dog owners to be more responsible.

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