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Stop the banning of Pit Bulls in Ohio

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The American Canine Temperament Testing Association tested 122 breeds, and Pit bulls tested fourth highest. The most decorated dog in US military history was a heroic Pit bull named Stubby. Out of twenty five dogs who have earned UKC "superdog" status by gaining championship titles in conformation, obedience, agility, and weightpull, fourteen have been pit bulls (more than half!) Pit bulls were once considered one of the most loyal and friendly family pets in the United States. With proper training and socialization, Pit bulls continue to be terrific canine companions Breed Bans are dangerous because they cause people to go underground with their dogs so they will become less socialized and more dangerous in public. Breed Bans cause undue suffering or death because people will stop going to vets with injured or sick dogs, who will then be considered illegal "contraband". Breed Bans are virtually impossible to enforce and the expense of euthanasia and disposal of the dogs will be a staggering cost to taxpayers. The community members who are most likely to comply are the responsible owners of well trained and socialized Pit bulls who would lose their family pets, leaving only the irresponsible owners who are more likely to have untrained, unsocialized, potentially "dangerous" dogs. What the facts above tell us is that responsible ownership is key to having well socialized Pit bulls in our community. Finding ways to require this should be the focus of our legislation, rather than a blanket law that mandates death of thousands of innocent dogs who have never hurt anyone."

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