Dog owners unhappy with pit bull ruling

SANDUSKY The observance of the Veteran's Day holiday on Monday doesn't mean a break for the Sandusky City Commission.
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

SANDUSKY

The observance of the Veteran's Day holiday on Monday doesn't mean a break for the Sandusky City Commission.

The commission will meet on Tuesday instead of its usual Monday to vote on 13 items, including the city manager contract with Matt Kline. Kline was offered the position at the end of October and has since been in contract negotiations with the city.

Having tabled the item at the last meeting, city commissioners will also vote on adding breed-specific language that would target pit bulls into the city's already existing dangerous dog ordinance.

Local dog owners continue to voice their opinion against the proposed breed-specific language.

Penny Kelley, owner of K & K Grooming, Sandusky, owns an American Kennel Club champion American Staffordshire terrier named Jewel.

Kelley said the new breed-specific language being added to the city ordinance is unfair to responsible dogs owners.

"We're not the ones who have the vicious dogs," Kelley said. "It's sad that we're the ones that they're targeting."

Kelley's son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Jennifer Schmidt, own a 2-year-old American bulldog.

"It's just a vicious cycle," Jennifer Schmidt said after their family pet, Rico, was targeted because of his breed.

Steve Schmidt said any "bully" breed such as pit bulls should be proven vicious, just like any other dog would be before being labeled.

In other canine matters, the commission will vote to approve a grant application filed by the Sandusky police department for a police dog program. Jennifer Grathwol 11/9/07 PULLOUT 1