Let’s end BSL in the Greater Cleveland area so ALL dogs can enjoy ALL dog friendly places and events in ALL Cleveland neighborhoods!
Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) has been an issue in many cities in the Cleveland area. BSL is an ordinance or law that deems certain dog breeds as “dangerous” or “vicious” and/or bans them from that city. Pitbulls are the most common breed to be considered “dangerous”. Many pitbulls are found in shelters longer due to the image that BSL puts on them as being “dangerous” and the inability of people in these cities to adopt these animals. According to allbreeds.org, these laws don’t work because:
In Ohio, pitbulls are not considered “dangerous”, however this does not overturn each community’s breed specific legislation.
Allbreeds.org is Lakewood, OH’s stance on BSL. If you are a resident, you can sign the petition to help end BSL in Lakewood. You can also contact your city council members about the BSL issue and volunteer your time to get more signatures for the petition at events.
*Any other cities with petitions, please contact email@example.com to be added to this page!
There has been some cities that removed BSL or voted down BSL:
Join some local advocates to ending BSL:
Dogsbite.org is informative on questions about BSL, along with listing out the cities in each state that have BSL. The list below is a modified version from dogsbite.org with the cities in the Greater Cleveland area that has BSL, along with links to the city’s website and to the BSL ordinance.
Cities with BSL:
|City Website||View Ordinance||Type of Ordinance|
|Bedford Heights||Section: 505.21||Pit bulls declared “vicious”|
|Broadview Heights||Section: 618.19||Pit bulls declared “vicious”|
|Brook Park||Section: 506.03||Bans: pit bulls, American bulldogs and presa canarios|
|Brooklyn||Section: 505.29||Pit bulls declared “vicious”|
|Chardon||Section: 505.16||Pit bulls declared “vicious”|
|Cleveland Heights||Section: 505.091||Pit bulls declared “vicious”|
|Euclid||Section: 505.37||Pit bulls declared “dangerous”|
|Fairview Park||Section: 505.17||Pit bulls declared “vicious”|
|Garfield Heights||Section: 505.215||Bans: pit bulls|
|Highland Heights||Section: 505.011||Pit bulls declared “vicious”|
|Lakewood||Section: 506.12||Bans: pit bulls and presa canarios model ordinance|
|Mentor-on-the-lake||Section: 618.16||Pit bulls declared “vicious”|
|Middleburg Heights||Section: 618.21||Pit bulls declared “dangerous”|
|North Olmsted||Section: 505.16||Pit bulls, presa canarios and American bulldogs declared “vicious”|
|Olmsted Falls||Section: 618.01||Pit bulls declared “vicious”|
|Parma||Section: 618.09||Bans: pit bulls|
|Richmond Heights||Section: 505.17||Bans: pit bulls|
|Rocky River||Section: 505.11||Pit bulls declared “dangerous”|
|Sheffield Lake||Section: 505.18||Pit bulls declared “vicious”|
|Vermilion||Section: 618.01||Pit bulls declared “vicious”|
|Village of Bratenahl||Section: 505.01||Pit bulls declared “vicious”|
|Village of Kirkland Hills||Section: 505.14||Pit bulls declared “vicious”|
|Village of Moreland Hills||Section: 505.01||Pit bulls declared “vicious”|
|Warrensville Heights||Section: 505.20||Bans: pit bulls|
|Wickliffe||Section: 505.14||Pit bulls declared “vicious”|
|Willoughby Hills||Section: 505.07||Pit bulls declared “vicious”|
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