This week the Avon Lake City Council repealed an ordinance that branded pit bulls as vicious. The decision comes after years of often passionate arguments about pit bulls, a breed with an image problem.
While there have been some well-documented attacks by pit bulls on people and other dogs, pit bull advocates argue that those attacks are the result of abuse or training the dogs to fight and attack, and the owners and trainers are to blame.
The ordinance was repealed in part because it conflicted with Ohio law, which was recently changed regarding nuisance dogs, dangerous dogs and vicious dogs. Pit bulls are no longer automatically labeled vicious.