CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - For the first time in eleven years, it is now legal to own a pit bull canine inside the city limits. The repeal of the ban on May 16 has owners of breed very happy.
To celebrate the repeal of Cincinnati's ban on pit bulls, the Cincinnati Pit Crew organized a rally and march through downtown on Wednesday. More than 100 people and dozens of dogs are promoting responsible pit bull ownership.
"I think people have a misconception that they're scary and they're angry all the time and they're just looking to bite people which is not the case at all," said Katy Blanton with Cincinnati Pit Crew.
Gregg Johns said his pet pit bull is like a member of the family.
"He's more than a lover than anything else. He sleeps in bed with me under the covers, got his own pillow, everything," said Johns.
Others say the dogs are still very dangerous.
"They latch on and they do not let go," said Cincinnati City Council member Cecil Thomas, who recalled a recent pit bull attack.
"A child was attacked in Avondale on Ridgeway. The child's leg was just cut up in shreds and had bites on the face, " said Thomas. "They are some extremely irresponsible owners out there and those dogs are trained to fight and they will attack first chance they're given."
Perhaps the most notorious dog fighting case occurred in August 2007. NFL quarterback Michael Vick pleaded guilty to federal felony charges and served 21 months in prison.
"Of course any dog you mistreat, its going to be mean and its going to bite," said Johns.
"These dogs have been literally biting people, attacking people, its just that simple," said Thomas. "And they act on fear. If a child sees one standing out there and the dog senses the fear, the dog's going to attack."