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OH-Gallipolis ***BSL PASSED***- NO Grandfather Clause

Discussion in 'Dog Ordinances & Laws' started by apbtmom76, Feb 5, 2009.

  1. apbtmom76

    apbtmom76 Good Dog

    GALLIPOLIS — Gallipolis City Commissioners unanimously voted to place
    a ban on pit bulls within the city limits during a regular meeting
    Tuesday in response to an incident that occurred on Jan. 24, which
    left a 13-year-old girl seriously injured after she was attacked by
    two pit bull dogs.

    According to City Solicitor Brent Saunders, current city code does
    not ban pit bulls, though it defines them as being vicious dogs.
    Under current state law, pit bulls do not have to be registered, but
    they are supposed to be kept properly confined, owners are supposed
    to purchase a $100,000 liability policy, and they are supposed to be
    muzzled and contained to a lease when being taken for a walk.

    The incident in January occurred inside a dwelling, which is
    considered to be adequate confinement under state law.

    With the enactment of this legislation, city residents that already
    own pit bulls will be required to get rid of them, though a timeline
    for removal has not yet been set. If a person is caught with a pit
    bull inside the city limits it would probably result in a first
    degree misdemeanor, Saunders said, though more detailed legislation
    is to be prepared for the next city commission meeting on Feb. 17.

    Lisa
    www.PittiesPlace. com
     
  2. milew66623

    milew66623 Big Dog

    Wow this is scary
     
  3. cher_bear

    cher_bear Good Dog

    things just seem to be getting worse and worse,so much for innocent owners not loosing their dogs
     
  4. apbtmom76

    apbtmom76 Good Dog



    From: Sandee Saxon [mailto:citymanager @gallianet. net]





    I sent your questions to our City Auditor but she has been off sick and I was not sure if she had responded to your questions.


    The ordinance did pass on first reading 3-2. The second reading is scheduled for the City Commission meeting on Tuesday March 3, at 7 pm, Gallipolis Municipal Building, 518 Second Avenue, Gallipolis, Ohio .

    The downstairs meeting room entrance is the far right door of the Gallipolis Municipal Building (off the parking lot beside the building).

    The Gallipolis City Commission will usually ask if any one would like privilege of floor. If you know you would like to address the Gallipolis City Commission, we can put you on the agenda for privilege of the floor. The agenda will be sent to the City Commission on Friday, February 27. Please let us know.
     
  5. BMizzle

    BMizzle Little Dog

    They are supposedly working to lift the word vicious off the ohio law. giving us owners the ability to defind our dogs "viciousness"

    or some cities are I mean.
     
  6. apbtmom76

    apbtmom76 Good Dog

    Thanks BMizzle
     
  7. BMizzle

    BMizzle Little Dog

    Been trying to watch what happens here. Its interesting to see how the law abiding citizens lives are being messed with.
     
  8. apbtmom76

    apbtmom76 Good Dog

    Well if you find anything out before I do please post it here in this same thread thanks. :D
     
  9. apbtmom76

    apbtmom76 Good Dog

    The Gallipolis City Commissioners passed the second reading of an ordinance
    to ban pit bulls on a 3 to 1 vote last night. The ordinance makes it
    unlawful to "own, possess, keep, exercise control over, maintain, harbor,
    transport, or sell any pit bull dogs within the city limits." Pit bulls
    are defined as American Pit Bull Terrier, Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull
    Terrier, or American Staffordshire Terrier and any mixed breed thereof.

    As previously noted, the city commission took up consideration of this
    ordinance after a "pit bull" attack in January. It is reported that
    "several" residents of Gallipolis requested the city enact a ban and, more
    importantly, not a single Gallipolis resident spoke out against the proposed
    ordinance at any of the council meetings.
     
  10. mr.belvedere

    mr.belvedere Little Dog

    Yeah, I know this sucks. I am currently living in Gallipolis. Well, actually, just outside the city limits which makes me able to keep my little girl. I acquired her from a friend who had to get rid of her who lived within city limits.

    When I graduate this May from Nursing School, I'll be moving back home to North Carolina...:D.

    I know that the City Solicitor use to be the local High School football coach...lol. There's really not much going on in this small town, so I can see why they need to find something to do.

    This really sucks!!!
     
  11. Zoe

    Zoe GRCH Dog

    Bull.....
     
  12. Turner

    Turner Good Dog


    Sh*t.....


    ;)
     
  13. Gatlinsmommy

    Gatlinsmommy Little Dog

    Hearing this breaks my heart! I wish people would get a friggin clue, and realize it's not the breed, but the owners. Maybe we should punish all the kindergartner's parents who don't raise them properly, and have all 5 and 6 year olds banned from schools, and citys. That would make sense, right? My heart goes out to all that is affected by this!
     
  14. mr.belvedere

    mr.belvedere Little Dog

  15. apbtmom76

    apbtmom76 Good Dog

    Pit Bulls Banned in Gallipolis, Ohio


    GALLIPOLIS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Pit bull ban: Gallipolis is saying no to the breed after two viciously attacked a 13-year-old girl.


    That attack happened in the city in January -- that's clear. But the circumstances surrounding the attack are anything but black and white.


    “If my dog was vicious, I'd kill him myself,” Chris Vanmeter said.


    He is grieving the loss of two beloved family members.


    “I feel like they assassinated my family,” he said.


    For years, Vanmeter has owned, bred and raised pit bulls. He said his last two, Face and Little Momma, were so gentle that his two young children, including his 2-year-old son, played and toyed with them fearlessly.


    “They weren’t raised to be vicious; they ate out of my kids’ hands,” Vanmeter said .


    But in January, the dogs attacked when a family friend, a 13-year-old girl, slipped into Vanmeter's home when no one was there.


    “My dogs don’t know her that well, and she’s always roughhoused with every dog she’s ever had," he said. "My dogs are very protective.”


    Police responded quickly and shot both dogs, killing them.


    “They were very troubled and want to make sure nothing like that happens again,” Gallipolis Police Chief Clint Patterson said.


    He said the attack was so gruesome, the little girl's arm was nearly destroyed. It didn't take the City Commission long to create and pass a pit bull ban.


    “We won’t go searching for the dogs, but if someone calls us or we run across them in the line of duty, we will take care of them,” Patterson said.


    This ban isn't limited to American Pit Bull Terriers. It includes any variation of bull terriers, including the Staffordshire.



    Once police find out about it, they can seize the dog if it demonstrates vicious behavior. If it doesn't, the owner has seven days to get it out of town. If the owner fails, the city can then take the dog or impose a penalty of up to six months in jail or a $1,000 fine.


    Amy Bailey has a Poi -- or a type of Hawaiian Terrier -- not included in the ban. But that didn't stop someone from calling the police on her. Needless to say, she has mixed feelings about the ban.


    “I don’t think it should target any one breed," Bailey said. "It should be about how the owner raises the dog.”


    Back to Vanmeter -- he said this whole thing didn't have to happen, and he's the one suffering the most.


    It's up to police discretion as to what's considered a pit bull or any one of the banned bull terriers. Patterson said he's in the process of helping the officers recognize the various breeds.


    In the meantime, he encourages owners to keep papers that verify their dog's breed. One more footnote: the ban also includes any other breed of dog that has killed or caused serious injury to another person or dog.

    http://www.wsaz. com/news/ headlines/ 42626697. html
     

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