pit bull bans going bye bye

No more pit bull discrimination in Ohio…

Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) signed on the dotted line, making Ohio House Bill 14an official law. HB 14 is a piece of legislation that will create a new and more refined system for defining a dog as potentially dangerous, removing the American Pit Bull Terrier and other “Bully breeds” from the list of automatically “vicious” dogs.


Michigan and Ontario Canada are in the works, too…



‎”Ontario is now one step closer to repealing this egregious law; just this week the state of Ohio became the fiftieth and final state in America to overturn breed specific legislation. While BSL was a common perceived solution to the media hysteria surrounding dog attacks around the world, jurisdiction after jurisdiction have repealed this legislation because studies showed it was an ineffective solution.”

Miami-Dade is next


Florida pit bull friends… This morning House Bill 997, which would repeal the breed ban in Miami-Dade County, passed out of the State Affairs Committee! There’s still a long way to go, but this is a tremendous leap forward.NEXT STEP: The Florida Senate Budget Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations will hear their version of the bill (SB 1322) on February 28, so please email the following legislators and politely ask them to support it: bogdanoff.ellyn.web@flsenate.gov joyner.arthenia.web@flsenate.gov bennett.mike.web@flsenate.gov evers.greg.web@flsenate.gov
smith.chris.web@flsenate.gov storms.ronda.web@flsenate.gov
By: BSL News: What You Can Do to Fight Bully Breedism

Miami-Dade County is the only county in the entire state permitted to engage in canine profiling. Florida state legislators Representative Carlos Trujillo and Senator Jim Norman are leading an effort, with the help of Best Friends Animal Society, to right this injustice and to repeal the portion of the Florida statute that allows Miami-Dade to kill dogs simply because of their appearance.

No other county in Florida is allowed such unmitigated power over people’s pets. It is time that Miamians again enjoy the same right that citizens in Florida’s 66 other counties have.

Despite being over 20 years old, Miami’s canine profiling still causes the needless, senseless and unjustified confiscation and killing of hundreds of innocent dogs every year, proving that breed discrimination does not make communities safer, and is impossible to enforce. It’s also a waste of tax dollars. Nowhere else in Florida can certain breeds of dogs be summarily killed simply because of their appearance.

It is time to put an end, once and for all, to canine discrimination in Florida and make the Sunshine State a model of humane public policy.


We opened Mariah’s Promise as a refuge to take these family pets. Puppies and dogs were abandoned in parks and on the streets of Denver. There were posters placed around Denver to contact Mariah’s Promise. One thing that came to our attention was that people would have friends call because they thought we were a sting operation to locate pit bull dogs in Denver and turn them in. How sad!

Neighbors turned neighbors in, and friends turned against friends. People watched as dogs were carried to animal control trucks. Children cried and screamed as their dogs were being carried off. It was frightening.

When people tried to fight back, law enforcement was called in or had accompanied animal control. If people refused to surrender their dog, animal control would step aside, and law enforcement would step up to offer to arrest them, take them downtown and charge them with harboring a pit bull – a charge that imposed a $999 citation. And animal control would get the dog anyway. Sigh…

As an example of the media slant, in June 2005, CNN sent a film crew out. They spent seven hours filming. The film crew was excited and thrilled to watch the dogs run and play in the yard or laze in the house. They went into each kennel and filmed the dogs. The result: In a five-minute segment, they used about 45 seconds of the film of dogs at Mariah’s Promise playing. In the rest they preferred to use pictures of dogs fighting, the scarred faces of children, dogs terrified in shelters, etc.


New Mexico and New Orleans now have pit bull pioneer Tia Marie Torres and her crew at VillaLobos on their side rescuing dogs and people


The amazing Vicktory dogs keep on trucking earning their homes and therapy dog stripes/certificates…


Pit bulls rescuing other dogs and people


What Every Dog Deserves……From A Dog’s View

Here in this house… I will never know the loneliness I hear in the barks of the other dogs ‘out there’. I can sleep soundly, assured that when I wake my world will not have changed. I will never know hunger, or the fear of not knowing if I’ll eat. I will not shiver in the cold, or grow weary from the heat. I will feel the sun’s heat, and the rain’s coolness, and be allowed to smell all that can reach my nose. My fur will shine, and never be dirty or matted.

Here in this house… There will be an effort to communicate with me on my level. I will be talked to and, even if I don’t understand, I can enjoy the warmth of the words. I will be given a name so that I may know who I am among many. My name will be used in joy, and I will love the sound of it!

Here in this house… I will never be a substitute for anything I am not. I will never be used to improve peoples’ images of themselves. I will be loved because I am who I am, not someone’s idea of who I should be. I will never suffer for someone’s anger, impatience, or stupidity. I will be taught all the things I need to know to be loved by all. If I do not learn my lessons well, they will look to my teacher for blame.

Here in this house… I can trust arms that hold, hands that touch…knowing that, no matter what they do, they do it for the good of me. If I am ill, I will be doctored. If scared, I will be calmed. If sad, I will be cheered. No matter what I look like, I will be considered beautiful and known to be of value.

I will never be cast out because I am too old, too ill, too unruly, or not cute enough. My life is a responsibility, and not an afterthought. I will learn that humans can almost, sometimes, be as kind and as fair as dogs.

Here in this house… I will belong. I will be home.

Blog Hop time…  thanks to Life with Dogs,Two Little Cavaliers and Confessions of the Plume…  grab the blog hop code…


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4 responses to “pit bull bans going bye bye

  1. Great post, thank you for writing about this! I can’t believe these dogs are being discriminated against like this. It breaks my heart. The media always has an agenda and unfortunately people get misled, you are right. I don’t want to think about how many pit bulls have suffered needlessly because of these bans. Keep up the good work!

  2. I was so thrilled to read about Ohio’s change in the law. Thanks for providing these other updates.

    Sometimes we think things will never change. And then they do. 🙂

  3. Pingback: local paper froths at pit bulls | Have dog blog will travel

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