updated May 1, 2015



Helping Pit Bull/mixes in Ohio

This page is to help anyone trying to help a pit. 
We can assist by posting a dog on our site to help get them adopted.
Please send additional info that can be posted on this page to Kellie at KDifrischia@gmail.com

Changes to pit bull ownership may be forthcoming at any shelter,
we will post updates as we become aware of them.

         Pit Bull Laws

House Bill 14 passed in February 2012. 
HB 14 removed pit bull type dogs from automatically labeled as vicious. 
HB 14 did NOT remove bans, restrictions or insurance requirements from local municipalities.


 What does this mean for you?

Under state law, your pit bull type dog will be treated just like every other dog who has not been deemed a nuisance, dangerous or vicious. 

        You will not:

  • have to muzzle your dog

  • have to padlock your fence

  •  have to use a chain link leash

  •  have to be keep dog in a locked, enclosed pen with a top

  • have to carry $100,000 liability insurance

  • Your dog will be allowed to be off leash in a dog park

You should still do everything in your power to be the most responsible dog owner you can be.  Any dog owner may still have insurance for their peace of mind. 
Farmers Insurance will cover your dogs under their standard homeowner/renter policy for no additional cost.  It is available at reasonable pricing.


Dog owners should continue padlocking their gates and being sure their fences are in good repair.  A good padlock prevents neighborhood kids, landscapers, meter readers from accidentally leaving your gate open.  You can also call your local utility company and ask them to install remote readers, this is done at no cost to you.

If you need assistance determining your local requirements email Lisa@hospets.org



 Info/Resources for Pits

Medical Assistance for Pits


Pit Bull Behavioral Assistance/Advice

6 Degress of Education  To help educate on the bully breeds.

Babes for Bullies
Central Ohio advocacy org that strives to assist bullies...and have a good time !

Pit Bull Insurance Options  (scroll down to I for Insurance)

More about insurance on Pits  


Can you identify a REAL American Pit Bull Terrier?   test yourself

What is a Pitbull ?


Options for Surrendering Pits

There are a few rescues in Ohio who accept pit bull type dogs or will assist with placement.  Space is always limited.  Before surrendering a dog to a rescue, please be sure you have verified they are a reputable rescue.

Pit Bull friendly organization's in Central Ohio

The Franklin Co Dog Shelter is an open admission shelter and will never turn any dog away that is brought to it's facility.  Pit/mixes may be evaluated and placed on adoption floor and sometimes turned over to rescue.

Act Oh

Citizens for Humane Action (CHA)

Capital Area HS

Central Ohio Pit Savers

Act Ohio

Measles Animal Haven.org

Pet Promise.org 

Peace For Paws Ohio.org

Humane Society of Delaware Co

Pit Rescues outside of Central Ohio

Live, Love Rescue

Adopt A Pit

Taking your pit bull to dog parks - this is a very controversial subject.  Before taking your dog to a dog park, know your dog!  Know how your dog reacts to other dogs that may not have good manners.  Know how your dog reacts if she gets over stimulated.  Know how your dog reacts if a ball or toy gets thrown into the mix and another dog tries to take it away.

If you are unsure of how your dog will react, please consider a muzzle or avoiding a dog park setting.

Dog Fighting
in Ohio


The Dog fighting Hot Line 
877- 847- 4787  answered 24/7

sponsored by HSUS

You can receive an award of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a dogfighter. 

-all info is confidential
-no one will know you called
-you can leave a message, talk to an investigator, or get their e-mail address and leave your own.   
-If a dogfight is in progress,  immediately call , 9-1-1, then call the hot line


Another Option
If you suspect dog fighting anywhere in the USA, call Help Stop Dog Fighting.  This is a group, lead by a former Marine, who will investigate and provide evidence to the local police for free.
$5,000 reward for info leading to an arrest









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