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Reynoldsburg Pit Bull Ban, Aug. 26, 2014

Reynoldsburg Pit Bull Ban

August 26, 2014

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Attorney Fred Kray, cohost Kris Diaz, and the rest of the PBLNR crew welcome Tammy Nortman, Esq., and Laurie Schwartzkopf to discuss the legal and political issues surrounding the Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Pit Bull ban. The Reynoldsburg city council formed an ad hoc committee to look at the town's pit bull ban. The committee—comprising residents, a veterinarian, an animal control officer, and a dog trainer—worked on their own time to produce a report on the ban. Their final recommendation was to elimante the ban and improve Reynoldsburg's animal control ordinance in a breed-neutral manner. Despite the findings and recommendation of the committee, the city council voted to keep the ban in place. Ms. Schwartzkopf describes the situation leading up to the vote and possible next steps in ridding Reynoldsburg of the ban.

Ms. Nortman fills us in on a case she won in Ohio, including the particularities in the ordinance at issue (a criminal law with an irrebuttable presumption!). We also discuss the issue of allowing lay witnesses to identify the breeds of dogs and the difficulty of changing precedents at the state-court level.

See the Pit Bulls for Reynoldsburg FB community page for more information on Ms. Nortman's cases and ongoing efforts against the ban.

Plus, advocacy with Little Darling, BDL updates, and Yvette Van Veen talks tongues, displacement behavior, and excitement barking. 

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