i may be really behind the times with this, but i was surfing around looking up stuff on breed bans and i came across
an article about changes to the cincinnatiohio pit bull ban.
had no idea that you were ever so deeply involved in such a plight. my hat's off to you for making such a fight in defense
of your dogs and this breed. it is actions on the part of bull breed owners like this that keep our liberal courts from taking
away our liberties. as an American, i sincerely thank you, eric.
here is the tidbit that i read....
ban was passed in the late 1980s following several attacks on children by dogs identified as pit bull dogs. During hearings
on the proposal to ban pit bulls, owners told city council that their dogs are descended from the purebred American Staffordshire
Terriers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers registered by the American Kennel Club, so council specifically banned these breeds
and their mixes. However, because the city lacked storage space for impounded dogs, the ordinance was not enforced for nearly
10 years. In 1996, the city contracted with the HamiltonCountySPCA to house dogs confiscated as
vicious and as members of the banned breeds. Since then, the city has paid the SPCA to house hundreds of the dogs taken from
families, breeders, dog fighters, and drug dealers and held during the disposition of their cases.
of law has been liberal; some dogs that resemble the proscribed breeds have been impounded even though there is no genetic
test that identifies breeds or mixes. In early 1998, the chief deputy dog warden identified eight American Bulldogs as American
Staffordshire Terrier mixes and took the dogs to the SPCA. Unlike many other owners whose dogs have been taken under the breed
ban, owner Eric Rowe refused to plead guilty to a lesser charge and send his dogs out of the city. Instead, he hired a lawyer,
fought the charges, and won.
Although it resembles the pit bull type, the American Bulldog is not a pit bull breed.
It is related to the Old English Bulldog, a breed developed in England to herd cattle in the butcher’s
yard and then used as a bull-baiting dog. After bull-baiting was outlawed in England, the English Bulldog apparently took
three paths: some remained as all-around farm dogs, and these continued their careers in the US and became the American Bulldog;
some morphed into the short, squat English Bulldog of today; and some were used to create the bull-and-terrier breeds that
include the breeds and mixes banned in Cincinnati.
The American Bulldog trial cost the city thousands of dollars in
impoundment fees, pre-trial preparation, and trial time, none of which it could recoup because it lost the case. But collection
is hit and miss even when the case is won, for owners seldom pay the bill. Where multiple dogs have been removed from a single
address and held for months, the costs mount up. One dog owner told the law and safety committee that he had a bill for more
than $11,000 for incarceration of his dogs that he could not afford to pay.
every one! I cannot tell you how much in means to me to have My peers recognize the work I have done. bsl's are not the way
to go, the individual should be held responsible for their dogs actions.
I will simply say this as a plug for everyone
that has a chance to help in any bsl ban work: We can either stand together or watch or breed and working events fall apart!
The in fighting has to come to an end, just because it's not knocking at your door today does not mean the door bell wont
ring in the morning.
I try and keep helpful bsl info on my site: http://pride-rock.tripod.com/
Eric Rowe Posted by bmunoz
on 10/24/2004, , in reply to "This is all I get!! Damn I want to see the old Pics!" User logged in as: BENNY M
Been reading and observing
you activity on this board and I must add I don't know you from ___ and don't own a dog even close to ur line so I aint just
brown nosing , but from what I have gather ur a man of respectful actions not just words , I say this cause you don't get
involve on board fights and always seem to be working ur dogs or promoting a working event. Kudos and Thank you for quality
time on this board.
Re: Eric Rowe Posted
by Eric on 10/24/2004, , in reply to "Eric Rowe" User logged in as: ERIC ROWE
Benny, I cannot thank
you enough for your kind words, to have one of your pears speak kindly of you is a great feeling. It means that much more
coming from someone that does not know you personally. I try and keep it about the dogs, that way I keep my focus in the right
place. Again I thank you. Eric
AMEN Posted by OHIO STEVE
on 10/24/2004, , in reply to "Eric Rowe" User logged in as: OHIO STEVE
Not to mention all of
the work on the BSL here in OHIO....ERIC is one of the good guys BENNY.
Re: AMEN Posted by Eric
on 10/25/2004, , in reply to "AMEN" User logged in as: ERIC ROWE
Steve, Thanks man. You
are one of the few that I have seen in the court rooms with me. It is way past the time for people to sit and talk about bsl's,
it's time to fight for our dogs and our right. Eric
Re: Eric Rowe Posted
by KevinM on 10/25/2004, , in reply to "Eric Rowe" User logged in as: KEVIN M
Ya, i had the pleasure
of hanging out with eric for a weekend. Great guy
Please call or email with any questions or comments!