Vicious dog laws depend on responsible owners, control officers say

CINCINNATI – There are laws designed to protect Tri-State residents from dog attacks, and there are dog owners who flout them.

That's the everyday frustration of police and animal control officers who have to pick up the pieces after a brutal attack like the one in Westwood Wednesday.

Zainabou Drame, 6, is in critical condition after two dogs described as pit bulls attacked her while she was playing outside with her brother in the 2900 block of Aquadale Lane at about 6:15 p.m.

She was taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital with massive facial injuries.

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Pit bulls were banned in Cincinnati for about nine years until city council revoked the ban in May 2012. Cincinnati, like most municipalities, requires that dogs involved in attacks against people or other pets be registered as vicious or dangerous.

WCPO Insiders can learn more about the laws in place to prevent attacks like Wednesday's and read why officials say meat-headed owners aren't listening.


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