Full Ordinance Name:  Codified Ordinances of Greenhills, Ohio. Part Five. General Offenses Code. Chapter 505. Animals and Fowl. 505.021 PIT BULL DOGS

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Primary Citation:  GREENHILLS, OH., ORDINANCES § 505.021 (2011) Date Adopted:  2011 Jurisdiction Level:  Ohio Last Checked:  June, 2012

No person may own, keep or harbor a pit bull dog in Greenhills, Ohio. A violation is a misdemeanor of the third degree. The dog may be destroyed or permanently removed from the Village. If convicted, the defendant will have to pay all expenses for the dog’s care, destruction, or removal.

WHEREAS, the Village has determined that there is a legitimate interest in protecting its citizens from the dangers associatedwith pit bulls; and

WHEREAS, in the case of Toledo v. Tellings, the Ohio Supreme Court has held that municipalities have a legitimate interest in protecting their citizens from the dangers associated with pit bulls; and

WHEREAS, the  Ohio  Supreme Court  has  determined  that  regulations  addressing the ownship and control of dogs are legitimate exercises of police power; and

WHEREAS, the Ohio Supreme Court  has further  acknowledged that  legislatures have broad  police  power  to  regulate  all  dogs  so  as  to  protect  the  public  against  the  nuisance imposed by vicious dogs; and

WHEREAS, the Council for the Village of Greenhills has  determined that is hereby necessary to ban pit bulls from the village due to the dangers associated with pit bulls.


(a)    No person shall own, keep or harbor a pit bull dog as hereinafter defined within the Municipal limits of the Village of Greenhills, Ohio.

(b)    “Pit bull dog” as used in this section means a dog that belongs to a breed that is commonly known as a pit bull dog or pit bull terrier which includes any Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier or American pit bull breed of dog or which has the appearance and characteristics of being predominantly of any such breed or which is identifiable as partially of such a breed.

(c)    Whoever violates this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree on the first offense and a misdemeanor of the first degree for each subsequent offense under this section. In addition to any other sentence that it imposes on the offender, the court shall order the pit bull dog either destroyed or permanently removed from the Village. Any person found guilty of violating this section shall pay all expenses, including shelter, food, boarding and veterinary expenses necessitated by the seizure of the dog, and such other expense as may be required for the destruction or permanent removal from the Village of any such pit bull dog.

(Ord. 2007-28L&R.  Passed 10-2-07.)

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