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When it comes to laws specifically about pit bulls, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky leave ordinances and enforcement to local municipalities. (File image)
CINCINNATI - Around the Tri-State restrictions, regulations and enforcement are left up to local municipalities, for the most part.
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CINCINNATI - On May 22, 2012 Ohio lawmakers passed a bill ending a 25-year ordinance defining pit bulls as "dangerous" or "vicious" dogs.
Before that, pit bull owners in Ohio were required follow a number of rules about where a pit bull would be housed and how to muzzle and leash the dog when out for a walk. In addition, a pit bull owner was required to carry $100,000 in liability insurance.
Since 2012, pit bull owners in Ohio have no state restrictions, except in two cases:
Cincinnati area municipalities with pit bull restrictions
See a full list of Ohio municipalities with pit bull restriction ordinances.
The State of Kentucky treats pit bull ownership in a similar way; in other words, there are no state laws banning restricting, or regulating people who choose to keep this particular breed. As in Ohio, many municipalities do have laws in place.
Northern Kentucky municipalities with pit bull restrictions
See a full list of Kentucky municipalities with pit bull restriction ordinances.
In addition to ordinances in local municipalities, some Kentucky counties have their own restrictions for "vicious dogs," which can include pitbulls. (As defined by Kenton County Ordinance 840.8 , pp. 5-6)
In Kenton County , for example, owners of vicious dogs:
Kenton County also dictates the dimensions and security features of a kennel and provides rules for dog walking and muzzling.
Indiana has no statewide laws regulating the ownership of pit bulls. Dearborn County recently repealed an ordinance identifying pit bulls as "vicious" dogs. The following passage was stricken from the books:
“Any dog belonging to a breed that is commonly known as a pit bull dog. The ownership, keeping, or harboring of such a breed shall be prima facie evidence of the ownership, keeping or harboring of a vicious dog.”
Dearborn County does have rules for vicious dogs, regardless of breed, and does not single out pit bulls.
Among other provisions, the ordinance requires owners to:
Download and read the full PDF "ORDINANCE AMENDING THE ANIMAL CONTROL ORDINANCE"
See a full list of Indiana municipalities with pit bull restriction ordinances.