New Ohio law says pit bulls are no longer defined as 'vicious'

CLEVELAND - A new dog law takes effect Tuesday after Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 14 back in February. 

The legislation means pit bulls will no longer be labeled as "vicious" dogs in the state of Ohio. 

For more than two decades, Ohio has been the only state to classify a dog as "vicious" by breed and appearance.

Supporters of the law claim it will improve the ability of dog wardens and police to protect the public from all dangerous dogs, regardless of their breed. 

But critics, including some dog wardens, argue there are frequent pit bull attacks. 

Pit bull bans in some Northeast Ohio communities will still be in place even with this new law taking effect. 

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