Jun 9, 2014

Why wasn't my pit bull allowed within Ohio Bike Week's block party?

I would like to know why every time I take my pit bull down to Ohio Bike Week, I get told to leave. I walk past several police officers who just smile and wave, then one comes up to me and says, “Due to health department regulations, dogs are not allowed down here.” Then, they have four officers escort me out. So I take my dog home and return downtown only to see dogs all over the place. I am getting tired of being treated this way. It is not fair to judge my dog by the breed. Jess from Sandusky

Sandusky police Chief John Orzech provided the following answer:

The Sandusky Police Department and event organizers determined after the first year or two of (Ohio) Bike Week that any animal, other than service dogs, wouldn't be permitted in the event venue.  

Dogs were barking, growling or attempting to attack each other the first years of the event.  The volume of children, adults and very congested walking areas isn't safe to have animals in the event areas.  

Although the writer has a pit bull, we don't have breed-specific enforcement. It is all animals — dogs, snakes, or other animals.  Although some dogs might be nice, others could not be if mixed in an environment that is very loud, extremely congested or attacked by another dog, stepped on, fallen on or any other scenario that can be probable with this venue.

All of our officers have been instructed to have dogs or other animals removed from the venue. Have some slipped by, yes probably but at some point an officer most likely will have advised the owners to remove their animals from the venue.  There are signs posted on the barricades that are blocking access into the venue to advise of the restrictions.  

The decision to not allow animals is for the safety of the animals and all of those children and adults that are coming to enjoy this venue.

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Not all breed-specific rules are unjust. Pit bulls are in fact more dangerous that other dogs, despite breeders' PR campaigns to the contrary. Pit bull fanciers are their dupes and play right along, undeterred by facts.

With all the choices available, people who opt for this breed should not complain when others are wary, and the truth is that many choose a pit bull with intimidation as the purpose.

As always, death threats may be addressed to: iloveanimals2@foolsnotsomuch.com

nosey rosey

You are completely wrong. I've never owned a pitbull but I've never met one that wasn't a sweetheart. I suspect you don't know much about dogs other than what you read on the internet.


“We compared data for patients attacked by
pit bull-type dogs to those attacked by other breeds and
found patients attacked by pit bulls had more severe injuries,
higher hospital charges and
a higher risk of death.”
John K. Bini and Stephen M. Cohn, San Antonio, TX.
Trauma surgeons, physicians.

65% – Pit bulls are responsible for 65 percent of all fatal dog attacks nationally.

25% – A fourth of all dog bite claims were due to pit bull bites

Every fourteen days, someone in the U.S. is killed by a pit bull.

Yep, pit bulls are definitely a dog I would trust, about as much as I trust Obozo


Pitbulls should be banned.
They have superior harming capability.
It's like the difference between a firecracker and a stick of dynamite. Neither is more likely to go off spontaneously, but one has superior energy and capacity. Which one do you want in YOUR wallet?

Licorice Schtick

Interesting analogy. Get even closer to the mark with something unstable. Perhaps OLD dynamite, which is said to be like nitrogycerine.

From the Grave

I knew a hooker named Old Dynamite.


Too funny! FTG! I'm assuming she was called that due to her short fuse eh?

yea right

its not the dog there false2u.. its the owners and how they raise them..you need to get your facts straight..FYI Labs are the worse dog out there...also the reports are wrong cuz not all attacks get reported..just the pit bull ones..hmm


Agreed. Most do not report when a poodle bites, or a lab. Or if they are reported, it is not newsworthy.

Licorice Schtick

You both making stuff up 'cuz it's what you want to believe. There no data to show that.


Wrong, it is the dog silly human!


Nosey, there's no doubt the pits can be sweet. Glad you had nice encounters. That doesn't make anything I wrote wrong. If you spend more time with that pit, enjoy it if you wish, but have a plan if it clamps on, and never leave it alone with kids.


You never leave a child alone with ANY animal. Pitbull, cat, poodle, lab, snake, gerbil, shepherd, etc. If you do, it is on the PARENT/ADULT if things go bad.



Licorice Schtick

Like leaving a child alone in a room with a gerbil would be endangerment. sheesh. Reductio ad absurdum.

Now, I know some single guys who probably shouldn't be trusted with one...

From the Grave

Don't leave the kids alone with unemployed, drunken Uncle Houseguest, either.


@Ladydye. Your exactly right. I left mine alone 10 years ago with a goldfish and the whole kitchen got flooded because the shut off bar to the kitchen sink was broken. It was right above wear we kept the treats. They said the fish did it. We never bought a fish again. Dont leave your kids unsupervised around pets.


Why would anyone even want to take a dog downtown during Bike Week? I'm sure your dog does not enjoy that!

It's crowded, it's loud, the blacktop is very hot on the dogs paws, there is no food or drink for them, exactly what part of that would a dog enjoy?

Matt said the Gorilla with the dildo had penis envy. I say guys that wear snakes around the necks and bring pit bulls to Bike Week are exploiting their pets, as penis extensions. If you think the snake or pit bull make you cool, your not cool.


Some people actually consider their dog their best friend and take them everywhere they can.... sorry you must have never known the joy of a dog's love to understand this...


Actually Juggs, my rescued dog, IS my best friend, and that is EXACTLY why I would never drag him down there to walk on burning hot asphalt!

He is quite comfortable at home in the air conditioning sleeping on my 1200 thread count sheets, and laying on the leather couch, watching his 52 inch flat screen tv that I leave on for him.

When he hears my Harley roll in, he couldn't be happier to see me! He is waiting at the door with his tail wagging, we walk down and I pour a draft beer, and he gets to lick the foam off!

Nice try Juggs, but I've always known the love of a dog. I actually donated hundreds to a local shelter last year, too.


Dick Tracey is right. Think about the dog. He really would rather be sitting in the shade somewhere.


I agree with ya here DickTracy! Sounds like your dog is one lucky man!!


I want to reincarnate as DT's pooch come my next time around. :}


I think the writer answered his own question. He tried to bring a dog onsite, and the officers said "due to health department regulations, dogs are not allowed".


The writer wanted to say that he was being discriminated against, just because his dog was a pit bull, which is NOT the case.

There have been numerous stories in the paper about no dogs allowed at Bike Week. There are numerous signs posted downtown, saying no dogs allowed. Also, in the Bike Week books with schedules and events, it says no dogs allowed.



First off, it can get quite crowded. Then have a 300 pound man wearing biker boots, step on your dogs' paw. My dog, after yelping, would probably bite his arse. And no, she is not a pit bull.

nosey rosey

Unfortunately I've been to lots of places that have signs saying no dogs but when I get there, I always see smaller dogs and no one asks the owner to remove them. But because I follow the rules, I don't take my larger dog who is probably better behaved than the ankle biters are.


I do not take my dogs to those kinds of events either. It is for the well being of MY dogs, not for others. It is too crowded, to loud, to hot and just not safe. You have people like holysee that want to shoot them. I also do not understand the people that have purse pets that think it is okay to take their dogs into a drugs store or grocery store while shopping, let alone others who do not stop them or say NO. If I walk in there with my Rottweiler or Pit mix, people would be calling the police on me. Maybe if I get a really big purse on wheels I could pull it off! LOL


I agree. Pets do NOT belong in the grocery store!


Unless it is the pet store, or a store that allows pets (Bass Pro does for example) they do not belong in ANY store or restaurant.