Pit bulls may no longer be considered ‘vicious’ in Youngstown

Pit bulls may no longer be considered vicious in Youngstown.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – When Youngstown City Council meets later this week, an outdated local regulation could be taken off the books.

Council will be asked to rescind an eight-year-old ordinance which now specifically identifies American Pit Bull Terriers as “vicious” dogs, requiring owners to keep them confined and buy extra liability insurance.

However, WKBN is told the rule has never been enforced. In part, because lawmakers in Columbus approved their own regulations, removing any reference to specific breeds.

“What that did was create a conflict in our law, which bans specifically a breed, calling it vicious,” said Dana Lantz, Youngstown City Prosecutor. “A pit bull’s no longer vicious under state law.”

Leaders with local animal activist groups are hoping Youngstown’s removal of “pit bull” language will encourage other local communities to do the same thing.

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