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More Pit Bulls in the news: laws on vicious dogs get new push

By jim Published: February 25, 2009

Mifflin Township's code enforcement officer wants pit bull owners to know the rules for keeping vicious dogs, even if theirs hasn't bitten anybody.

That, Steve Blake said, is why he intends to enlist the help of residents, letter carriers, sanitation workers and city employees in his efforts to find, educate and, if necessary, take action against the owners of pit bulls and other breeds considered vicious in Ohio law.

"It's for the safety of everybody," Blake said. "More people are owning these dogs and not realizing what's required."

Anytime people spot what they think is a pit bull, Blake wants them to write down the address and give it to him. He'll then go and check to make sure the owner understands and follows the laws.

Ohio law requires the owners of pit bulls to have a locked pen and $100,000 of liability insurance. Violators can receive up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail.

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