Some folks in Fulton County are expressing their displeasure with a county policy mandating that pit bulls be euthanized unless claimed by their rightful owners.
The animal advocacy group Fulton County No Kill, together with the Ohio Coalition of Dog Advocates, now plans to fight for the repeal of a resolution prohibiting the adoption of pit bills by rescue groups or members of the public.
Ohio had been the only state in the nation with breed-specific legislation enacted at the state level. That all changed however, when in February 2012, the governor signed a bill doing away with a 25-year-old law declaring pit bull-type dogs to be vicious by nature.
The state law change however, did not affect individual municipalities’ home rule regarding pit bulls, or any other breed of dog that a local municipality may see fit to regulate.
As a result, a number of cities, villages and towns statewide, including Fulton County, still have breed-specific legislation on the books.
The group plans a candlelight vigil at the Fulton County Dog Pound on Sept. 27 from 7–8 p.m.