A Remedy for Commissioner Philbrook

In Ohio, pit bulls had been regulated since 1987, in legislation passed in the aftermath of several horrific pit bull attacks, in order to prevent additional attacks and protect innocent members of the public.

In 2012 a group of determined Toledo-area pit bull advocates prevailed upon the Ohio legislature to go behind the backs of the voters and remove the legal protections that had been in place concerning the ownership of pit bull type dogs. After these legal protections were removed, pit owners were emboldened and the horrific pit bull attacks began to ramp up in earnest.

Zainabou Drame, 6 years old, pictured below, was mauled in an unprovoked attack by the neighbor’s pit bulls who broke her jaw and tore out her tongue. Zainabou was in an induced coma for weeks. She will never speak again.

Zainabou Drame - healed but never again whole

Zainabou Drame, attacked by neighbor’s pit bulls.

The pit bull owner did not face any charges in the attack, as he enjoyed the protections afforded by the new Ohio legislation. It’s unfortunate that there was no protection for Zainabou.

Commissioner Jane Philbrook apparently sees no need for proactive measures to protect victims, instead favoring a system under which harm must first come to victims before any action is taken – a system which favors the rights of dangerous dog fanciers to inflict these nightmares on their communities rather than the rights of the community – and innocent victims like Zainabou – to live in peace.

Click here to read the full story at SRUV.

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One thought on “A Remedy for Commissioner Philbrook

  1. HB 14 was written by a Utah based animal rights/pit bull advocacy PAC (Best Friends Animal Society). The bill was not designed to protect the public it was designed to deregulate pit bulls and protect violent dogs and their owners. The procedure for declaring a dog dangerous is so convoluted and so lawyer intensive that violent dogs go free and there are no meaningful punishments for the owners of violent dogs. Since HB 14 was passed in 2012 nine Ohio residents have been killed by dogs. HB 14 was sold to the foolish Ohio Legislature as “finally gives dog wardens the tools to deal with dangerous dogs.” Not so much.

    Two bills are expected in the next General Assembly to tighten up Ohio law regarding violent dogs. Cincinnati Ohio, where Zainabou Drame lives, has seen a fatal mauling and several near fatal maulings. The residents of Cincinnati are demanding action from their city council and two council members have proposed laws in response. One of the laws shows promise if enforced, the ot her is a time waster designed to kill time till the outrage dies down.

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