2 Ohio cities judge dogs on behavior, not breed

Two of Ohio's largest cities have decided not to label dogs as dangerous simply because they're a certain type of dog, and a proposal being considered by Ohio lawmakers would make a similar change to state law.

The Blade in Toledo reports the city council in Cleveland has decided to change its vicious dog rules so the animals are classified by their behavior, not because they're a specific breed or type of dog, such as a pit bull. Toledo made that change when it revamped its dog regulations last fall.

Cleveland Councilman Matt Zone pushed for the changes there and says it seemed wrong to categorize a whole breed of dogs as being bad.

Supporters of existing regulations that single out pit bulls say it's better to be overly cautious.

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