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