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There was no ban in place in Cleveland. The city proposed a pit bull ban in 1997 which was defeated.
In 1998 a proposal was introduced which would have restricted:
This, also, was defeated.
- American Pit Bull Terriers
- American Staffordshire Terriers
- Stafforshire Bull Terriers
- Chow Chows
- Wolf Hybrids
- any dog appearing to be a mixed with any one of the above
In August, 1999, a less restrictive proposal was passed.
In this proposal:
Breed-specific wording was removed. The State of Ohio description of a vicious dog was used here. A CGC, TT, or CD title will exempt the bull breeds if awarded under AKC, CKC, or UKC rules "by a club authorized to hold trials or shows in the US or Canada".
To view the entire ordinance, click on the following link:
Tied out on a chain is no longer a confinement option and the leash restriction was reworded to "a substantial leash" instead of a chain or tether to withstand 300 lbs.
The size of the enclosure for those dogs deemed vicious is included, as well as the requirement for food and shelter to be provided. The dog may also be securely confined indoors.
The insurance policy is now a general liability, not specific to the dog.
The violators of the law are required to attend the newly formed Responsible Dog Ownership class. Pet training classes for the city are also being developed.
Cleveland Ordinance 957-99
Thanks again to the Canine Friends Friends of Cleveland for all their hard work!