Pit bull attacks spark debate about change in state law
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:54:56 GMT —
Recent dog attacks in Ohio have rekindled the debate about vicious dogs.
Former Lucas County dog warden Tom Skeldon says a state law which removed pit bulls from the definition of a vicious dog needs to be changed back.
Before 2012, pit bulls were defined as vicious, but lawmakers updated terms such as vicious, dangerous, and nuisance without regard to breed.
Recently in Cincinnati, an 8 year old girl needed 218 stitches to her lips and jaw after being mauled by a dog. In Dayton, a 7-month-old baby was killed by a pit bull.
Skeldon says the amended law was a mistake. "At the rate we're going, you're going to have a lot more deaths due to dogs. And, it doesn't have to be that way."
Jean Keating with the Lucas County Pit Crew says pit bulls get a bad reputation because of attacks involving the breed. But says attacks are not exclusive to pit bulls. "Dog attacks occur with every breed in every city and most of them are equally horrific."
One thing Keating and Skeldon agree on is that owners must keep an eye on their animals, especially around children.