REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio--On November 4, Reynoldsburg City Council will meet to discuss whether to repeal breed-specific legislation (BSL).
On Monday, about 30 people showing support for pit bulls attended the city council’s safety committee meeting to discuss the current breed-specific legislation that bans pit bull-type dogs from the city. Those supporting the repeal included representatives from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Citizens for Humane Action (CHA) Animal Shelter and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
Reynoldsburg residents pushing to remove breed specific legislation from their city have created their own Facebook page, Pit Bulls for Reynoldsburg.
Last year, Ohio repealed the law designating pit bulls as vicious dogs, however some Ohio cities chose to keep the breed-specific legislation.
In an interview with Reynoldsburg News, Councilman Chris Long, who led Monday's meeting, said "I am charged with the safety of 36,000 people, so I have to take all of those people into consideration." He added "I don't see that (further discussion) changing my mind."
Council President Doug Joseph, however, said he was interested in hearing from a city that has repealed their breed-specific legislation.
City ordinance sections 505.01 and 505.35, which include the ban on “pit bull-type dogs,” have not been discussed in Reynoldsburg City Council since 2003, according to Pit Bulls for Reynoldsburg.
The meeting to discuss repealing breed-specific legislation in Reynoldsburg will be held November 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Reynoldsburg Municipal Building, 7232 E. Main St.
Click here to go to the Pit Bulls for Reynoldsburg Facebook page for more information and updates.
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