A third and final reading of legislation that would have removed pit bulls’ “vicious” label from the city code in Wauseon, was never held during Monday night’s council meeting, after it was discovered the measure hadn’t actually passed on second reading.
The oversight, according to the Crescent News, was due to coucil’s vote, by a three to two margin last month, in favor of advancing the change, which reportedly failed to reach a majority of the six-member council in favor. Therefore, the legislation never passed at that time.
Now, city officials say they will continue as planned, to hold a joint meeting that will include the police chief, county dog warden and members of the safety and code committee, in an effort to decide how to word the city’s dog ordinance.
The original legislation would have amended the city dog ordinance to ensure that pit bulls and pit bull mixes are no longer deemed vicious, which would have brought Wauseon in-line with state law.
Ohio did away with breed-specific legislation in 2012.