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Newark, Ohio "Rolletta: Can’t support pit bull law change"

Discussion in 'Breed Specific Legislation' started by milew66623, Mar 15, 2015.

  1. milew66623

    milew66623 Big Dog

    The decision of whether to remove the current regulations on pit bulls has proven to be a difficult one. I have friends who have owned pit bull type dogs and I know that they can be good pets.
    I have heard from many individuals and families from the 4th Ward whom I greatly respect. Many of them are for the repeal of these regulations and many are against. I have received so many text messages and e-mails that I haven’t had time to send a lengthy response to them all, but I do want to thank everyone who reached out to me.
    Unfortunately, there are some who believe they can pressure me into voting one way or another. No amount of name-calling, intimidation or threats of political retaliation will make me break the promise I made to the citizens of Newark to do my best to keep our city safe.
    A friend recently asked me, “If next week someone is mauled by a pit bull type dog and left scarred and burdened with medical bills, are you going to be able to sleep at night knowing you voted to repeal this?â€
    The short answer is no.
    I agree that when a dog bites, it is in many cases the fault of the owner. And I do not necessarily believe that breed specific laws are the answer to this problem. However, the proposal before council does nothing that would help hold bad owners more accountable for their animals. Without additional measures that would promote owner responsibility and public safety, I have come to the conclusion that I cannot support this proposal.
    This proposal would remove all insurance liability requirements for owning a pit bull type dog and residents would be able to legally own up to five with no regulation. I don’t believe that this would be a step in the right direction for public safety. Moreover, I’m also concerned about the well-being of the animals themselves. When a person has as many as five pit bulls, the living conditions for the dogs are often poor.
    Of course, any dog can be vicious and any dog can bite. Any dog can be neglected and abused. But, unfortunately, the consequences of when a pit bull type dog is neglected and abused are much more devastating than with many other dogs.
    While many other communities have banned pit bulls outright, the city of Newark compromised with pit bull owners by providing a path for a dog’s vicious status to be removed shortly before I took office.
    I view this compromise as an attempt to separate the bad owners from the good. Requiring the dog to go to training and pass a good citizenship test is as much a test of responsible dog ownership as it is of the dog’s behavior. A responsible owner will recognize the power their pet possesses and will get the dog the training it deserves.
    This legislation may make it to the ballot via a citizen’s initiative and I whole-heartedly support that. A ballot initiative would let the whole community decide this issue. But, as it stands now, I cannot in good conscience vote to change this law.
    Alex Rolletta IV is a member of Newark City Council representing the 4th Ward.

    Rolletta: Can’t support pit bull law change
  2. milew66623

    milew66623 Big Dog

    This kid is an idiot.

    The ONLY opposing voices to removing the language are the council members, and animal control. No residents are at meetings stating that they want the law to stand, not one. The one council guy made a statement (in the story above) stating that if the law were to change that anyone in the city could own up to 5 "pit bull type dogs" without obtaining insurance. As if landlords, insurance companies, and home owner policies will all of the sudden follow suite and remove breeds that they already restrict simply because Newark changed their law.
  3. Lillie May

    Lillie May Good Dog

    I'm sorry to hear that. Was a proposal put forth to council asking for bad owner laws instead? Is owning 5 dogs (of any breed) what the city allows? Ours is 4, I'm in Akron. We can own them but have restrictions.

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