New Ohio Law No Longer Lists Pit Bulls ‘Vicious’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Lawmakers passed a new law listing a dog’s behavior, not breed, as vicious on Tuesday.

Ohio was previously the only state in the U.S. which specifically listed pit bulls as vicious dogs. The new changes define a vicious dog as one that has killed another dog or person, has injured a person or displays behavior proven to be considered vicious.

The measure only affects Ohio law listing dogs by breed as vicious animals. Communities barring or limiting pit bull ownership and other restrictions may continue to have regulations in place.

Ohio governor John Kasich signed the new measure into law back in February.

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