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The pit bull ban battle in Lakewood all started with a dog named Charlie.

His owner Jennifer Scott adopted him from the Cleveland Animal Protective League. However, she lives in Lakewood, and they had a ban on pit bulls.

“I think they should have a breed neutral, vicious dog ordinances, not breed specific,” Scott said.

After a protest and a lengthy battle with the city, Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers introduced new legislation about pit bulls to city council.

It includes requirements for responsible owners, with specific controls like keeping dogs muzzled when in public and having insurance on your dog.

At Monday night’s council meeting, it was decided the new ordinance would not have breed specific language. Charlie’s supporters say this is a big win for dogs like Charlie.



Article Courtesy of WOIO Cleveland 19 News

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