Laws against pitbulls in Ohio and in Cincinnati are designed to keep your neighborhoods safer. But the ban doesn't stop some from keeping un-registered dogs as pets.
Fox 19 spoke with a woman who has 3 Pitbulls. She's breaking the law by keeping the dogs but says it is worth the risk. She argues the ban is hurting good owners like herself and doing nothing to keep neighborhoods safer.
"Tyler" says her pitbulls are gentle as lambs. She loves the dogs like she loves her family.
"They're my heart. The bonding is just incredible. The relationships I have with these dogs," said "Tyler."
She already owned all 3 pits when she moved to Cincinnati. Under Ohio's law she's only aloud to have one, and in Cincinnati that dog must be registered. Tyler knows she's breaking the law, but it's a law she doesn't agree with.
"I Just think it's ridiculous that the definition of a visciuos dog is a dog commonly referred to as Pitbull. That's just the most ridiculous thing," said Tyler.
While well-cared for Pitbulls can be good dogs, they can be trained to be viscous and even deadly. City Council member David Pepper says drug dealers use the dogs for intimidation and even as weapons on Cincinnati city streets.
"Bottom line is sometimes there's a greater good here of safe neighborhoods and I think that's what counsel was pushing for and Citizens are crying out for right now, in a lot of our neighborhoods," said Pepper.
But Tyler believes the law turns good people into law breakers and does nothing to stop criminals.
"People that have them use them for bad are gonna they're skirting the law in every other way what's one more," said Tyler.
Even so you have to ask the question, if you don't want to use a dog for violence or intimidation, why own a dog that has a bad name?
"The bonding, how loyal, I don't know, they're just my heart," said Tyler. "Those who don't know, don't understand. And those who do can't explain."
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