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OH: Springfield Township: No longer enforcing BSL

Discussion in 'Breed Specific Legislation' started by StopBSL.com, Mar 14, 2010.

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    Springfield Township puts hold on dog legislation

    Heidi Fallon • hfallon@communitypress.com • March 12, 2010

    Springfield Township is putting a moratorium on enforcing its vicious dog law.

    Trustees approved putting the breed-specific regulations on hold at the March 9 meeting.

    Police Chief David Heimpold said the action "doesn't allow us to cite dog owners based solely on the breed."

    The on-hold legislation required owners of certain dog breeds, specifically pit bulls, to register their dog and meet requirements such as insurance.

    Township Administrator Mike Hinnenkamp said several factors went into the decision including veterinarians being unable to determine specific breeds.

    "They told us even with DNA, there is no way to definitively say a dog is, for instance, a pit bull," Hinnenkamp said.

    "Plus, state legislation is moving away from being breed-specific. Pit bulls were never banned from the township, but owners were required to register their dog and could appeal that requirement.

    "It was obvious that we shouldn't have regulations we can't enforce."

    Saying that any action against dog owners would be based on the dog's behavior, not the breed, Heimpold said his department would follow state laws regarding vicious dogs.

    "Instead of having the registration requirement, we won't take action until after an attack or incident regardless of the breed," he said.

    Springfield Township puts hold on dog legislation | cincinnati.com | CommunityPress.com
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