OHIO HB-350 Update!

Date: 3/28/2000

HB 350 PASSED out of the house and will be moving to the Senate for hearings. This bill passed rapidly through the House, and we expect the same speed in the Senate. There are only 33 decisions makers in the Senate, so we must make every effort possible NOW to kill this bill.

WHAT TO DO

Call 1-800-282-0253 (466-8842 in Columbus) to find out the status of a bill and when the next hearing is scheduled. There may be two hearings for this bill where the public may testify.

OBJECTIONABLE PORTIONS OF THE BILL:

**MUZZLES required on any vicious dogs when off the owner’s property. (Please note that Ohio has two behavior based classifications for vicious dogs, and also classifies any dog commonly identified as a pit bull as vicious) No provisions are made for allowing a dog to be unmuzzled, unless it is hunting or in training for hunting.

The muzzling means that gentle pet dogs in the pit bull category will no longer be allowed to walk on a leash in public unless they are muzzled, and show dogs in this category will be banned from competing in all events because muzzles are not allowed in the show ring.

** It will be a felony to debark or surgically silence" a vicious dog, or to possess a vicious dog that has been debarked; or to "falsely attest" that the dog is not a vicious dog when signing a waiver provided by a veterinarian who will debark or surgically silence the dog.

**A debarked dog will be considered a deadly weapon.

The potential for felony charges for debarking a family pet or show dog is unfair to well-behaved dogs and their owners. A procedure that can mean the difference between life and death for a dog that bothers neighbors with excessive barking should not be prohibited simply because some people debark dogs for criminal purposes.

ADDITIONAL HISTORY TO THE BILL

This bill was introduced based on complaints by Toledo Ohio police and Animal Control that silent pit bull dogs were used to guard drug houses, and officers were injured when making drug busts. Toledo police have documented just five cases in only two years of encountering silenced dogs. This is not enough information to warrant a state law that will impact negatively on thousands of responsible dog owners in the state.

Please consider using the following in your comments to the Senate:

In 1994 the Ohio State Senate endorsed the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen program. A pit bull type that has passed a CGC in Ohio would be required to wear a muzzle at all times, be on a chain-like leash, and have a $100,000 liability policy. How is it possible that the State of Ohio can endorse responsible dog owners, and at the same time place such onerous restrictions on them?

URGE THE SENATE TO: A. Strike any breed specific language from this bill- specifically, remove any reference to: a breed commonly identified as a pit bull dog.
B. Add language that makes it a felony to use a dog in the commission of a crime.
C. Offer a choice to ‘A’: add exemption language. Dogs of a breed commonly identified as a pit bull dog that are Canine Good Citizens or hold an obedience title shall be exempt from the provisions of this code.
Please contact the following to express your concerns regarding HB350.

Sen. Jeffry Armbruster
Senate Bldg Room 142 First Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-644-7613
SD13@mailr.sen.state.oh.us

Sen. Louis Blessing
Senate Bldg Room 038 Ground Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-466-8068

Sen. Daniel Brady
Senate Bldg Room 056 Ground Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-466-5123

Sen. James Carnes
Senate Bldg Room 132 First Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-466-8076

Sen. Robert Cupp
Senate Bldg Room 138 First Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-466-7584
SD12@mailr.sen.state.oh.us

Sen. Gregory DiDonato
Senate Bldg Room 048 Ground Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-466-6508

Sen. Grace Drake
Senate Bldg Room 220 Second Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-466-7505

Sen. Ben Espy
Senate Bldg Room 303 Third Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-466-5131

Sen. Richard Finan
Senate Bldg Room 201 Second Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-466-9737
SD07@mailr.sen.state.oh.us

Sen. Eric Fingerhut
Senate Bldg room 049 ground Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-466-4583

Sen.Linda Furney
Senate Bldg Room 051 Ground Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-466-5204

Sen. Robert Gardner
Senate Bldg Room 034 Ground Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-644-7718

Sen. Robert Hagan
Senate Bldg Room 052 Ground Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-466-8285

Sen.Leigh Herington
Senate Bldg Room 228 Ground Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-466-7041

Sen. Charles Horn
Senate Bldg Room 222 Second Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-466-4538
SD06@mailr.sen.state.oh.us

Sen. Jay Hottinger
Senate Bldg Room 042 Ground Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-466-5838
SD31@mailr.sen.state.oh.us

Sen. Bruce Johnson
Senate Bldg Room 137 First Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-466-8064

Sen. Grace Kearns
Senate Bldg Room 221 Second Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-466-3780

Sen. Anthony Latell
Senate Bldg Room 050 Ground Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-466-7182

Sen. Robert Latta
Senate Bldg Room 128 First Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-466-8060
SD02@mailr.sen.state.oh.us

Sen. Mark Mallory
Senate Bldg Room 226 Second Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-466-5980

Sen. Rhine McLin
Senate Bldg Room 223 Second Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-466-6247

Sen. Larry Mumper
Senate Bldg Room 035 Ground Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-466-8049
SD26@mailr.sen.state.oh.us

Sen. Scott Nein
Senate Bldg Room 039 Ground Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-466-8072

Sen. Scott Oelslager
Senate Bldg Room 140 First Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-466-0626

Sen. C J Prentiss
Senate Bldg Room 057 Ground Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-466-4857

Sen.Roy Ray
Senate Bldg Room 127 First Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-466-4823

Sen. Dick Schafrath
Senate Bldg Room 125 First floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-466-8086

Sen. Michael Shoemaker
Senate Bldg Room 134 First Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-466-8156

Sen. Robert Spada
Senate Bldg Room 143 First Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-466-8056

Sen. Lynn Wachtmann
Senate Bldg Room 040 Ground Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-466-8150
SD01@mailr.sen.state.oh.us

Sen. Eugene Watts
Senate Bldg, Room 129 First Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-466-5981

Sen. Doug White
Senate Bldg, Room 041 Ground Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-466-8082

Contact:
Melanie Tierney
Spokeswoman
Canine Friends of Cleveland aegis66@msn.com