New Law – Pitbulls No Longer “Vicious”

by Jennifer Bullock on February 22, 2012 at 5:10 am

A new Ohio law may change the reputation of one animal breed…

Governor Kasich signed a bill this week which states that pitbulls will no longer be classified as "vicious" dogs. Executive Director of the Animal Shelter in Muskingum County Larry Hostetler said he’s pleased with the new law, because pitbulls are just misunderstood.

"Any dog, whether it be a Chihuahua, Poodle, a Boston Terrier, can be made vicious if they’re not trained right. And I try to look at animals as like children, you know, you need to instill values in them, what’s right, what’s wrong, what’s accepted, what’s not," said Hostetler.

The animal shelter houses a few pitbulls, like 2-year-old Stoney, and Hostetler said they have very mild tempers…They just need to be trained properly.

"I like people to know, it’s not the dogs, it’s the people that’s had the dogs. And they’re a very powerful breed and they can be dangerous in the wrong hands and trained the wrong way," said Hostetler.

The new law will take effect in 90 days.