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OH: Barnhill: BSL passed

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    Barnhill, OH: BSL passed
    Posted on May 10, 2010 by Stop BSL

    Pit bull ordinance draws reaction - New Philadelphia, OH - The Times-Reporter

    Pit bull ordinance draws reaction

    By Cindy Davis
    The Times-Reporter
    Posted May 08, 2010 @ 10:33 PM

    BARNHILL, OH — Many were in attendance for Saturday’s Barnhill Village Council meeting to address the recent passage of a new ordinance that limits the number of pit bulls to one per residence. The group agreed to have three people represent them on the issue while following a limited time frame for speaking.

    Robin McClelland, executive director of the Appalachian Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said she believes council members did not think through the matter prior to passing the ordinance April 10 by emergency measure. She said the ordinance was deemed unconstitutional earlier this year, was vague and conflicts with state laws.

    “You enacted an emergency ordinance when no true emergency existed,†said McClelland, who said there would be enforcement issues.

    Solicitor Jason Jackson informed McClelland that the Ohio Supreme Court has ruled the ordinance valid and that he had seen the Toledo case to which she was referring.

    “We believe the ordinance related directly to the health and general welfare of the village,†Jackson said. “It is council’s job to look out for the best interests of the residents and to be proactive.â€

    Also speaking at the session was Catherine Parrish, who was the subject of the ordinance after council received many complaints about the pitbull rescue that she and her husband Ryan were running at their Bean Alley home. Parrish had said in an earlier interview that misinformation led to complaints about the dogs at her home.

    It had been reported that the Parrishes had up to 17 of the breed, but Parrish dismissed that, saying that this number would have included a mother dog and her 10 puppies. All of the Parrishes’ dogs, with the exception of their pets which are a bulldog puppy and an American bulldog mastiff mix, were rehomed immediately after the ordinance was adopted.

    “I do feel that my civil rights were stepped on,†Parrish said. “I was not contacted before this ordinance was passed. No one wanted any questions answered.â€

    Dustin Bair of New Philadelphia also spoke about the option of temperament testing instead of banning the breed and said he hoped that council would rescind the ordinance. Mayor Robert “Hap†Cross thanked everyone for coming and noted that they had done well in their presentations which included some good points.

    After their presentation, however, council stood firm on the ordinance explaining that they weren’t doing what they wanted to do necessarily but what the majority of the residents wanted, which is why they were elected in the first place.

    It was noted by McClelland that HB 79 is pending and if passed would ban any and all pit bull legislation.

    [ED Note: The last paragraph in this article is not factual. HB 79 would not prohibit municipalities in OH from passing BSL. It only removes the breed-specific language in state law.]




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