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Ohio lawmaker rejects label of pit bull as vicious dog

By jim Published: March 19, 2009

A suburban Toledo lawmaker yesterday proposed doing away with Ohio's law that automatically deems a pit bull to be a "vicious dog."

"In the 1970s, it was the German shepherd,'' Ms. Sears said.

"In the 1980s, it was the Doberman. In the 1990s, it was the Rottweiler. We shouldn't put something in permanent law that is a moving target. It begs the question that whether we should really be looking at the owners of the pit bulls."

The Ohio Supreme Court in 2007 unanimously upheld the constitutionality of the state law and a Toledo ordinance based on it that consider the pit bull to be the only dog breed inherently considered "vicious."

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