Thursday, June 10, 2010

More Dog Law

We have too much law in Ohio, especially where dogs are concerned.  I don't know what sets some people off about dogs, but I've seen it happen on more than one occasion.  Perfectly reasonable people go nuts when they see a dog off leash, or learn about a dog park opening, or - heaven help us all - discover that it is now legal to own more than one pit bull.

Tyrone Yates wrote HB 568 which states, in part:

Sec. 955.111.  (A) Beginning ninety days after the effective date of this section, no person shall own, keep, or harbor a dog that belongs to a breed that is commonly known as a pit bull dog.
(B) Not later than ninety days after the effective date of this section, a person who owns, keeps, or harbors a pit bull dog on the effective date of this section shall surrender the dog to the dog warden. Not later than ten days after receiving the dog, the dog warden shall euthanize the dog.
The bill was defeated, but it shows something about Tyrone's mentality.  Tyrone is, at heart, a left wing fascist.  The man actually believes that he can run your life better than you can, and if you fail to follow his directions he'll either put you in jail or find some other way to punish you.  Before you start defending Tyrone, consider the provisions in HB 568 and remind yourself that bills like this one will not be restricted to confiscating dogs.

The government in Toledo, Ohio isn't any better.  Toledo had a law against owning a pit bull, but the law was declared unconstitutional by a group of judges that are almost as oppressive as Tyrone.  Mayor Mike Bell suddenly found himself without a law to enforce and reacted swiftly, directing the appointed members of the Lucas county dog warden's advisory committee to draft a new law.  They did: nine pages worth.  Click here for the story from The Blade.

Nine pages to replace a four paragraph, unconstitutional law.  This is ridiculous.  Worse, no one has ever thought about the novel idea of not making a new law.  I suppose these people believe that the entire reason for having a government is to control the citizens - isn't it?  (that was a rhetorical, sarcastic question.)  The new law expands the power of the government and gives its representatives The ability to seize the dogs of owners deemed reckless.  They'll likely call the SWAT team out to help with the dog seizures, which will make for some real interesting reading in The Blade.  I'll wait for the lawsuits on a SWAT raid to confiscate one or more dogs from a government-labeled "reckless owner", especially if the reckless owner is black African American a person of color  a member in good standing with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People NAACP and plays the race card.  But then, Mayor Mike Bell and most of the Toledo city council can counter that with a race card of their own, so maybe that's a wash.

I note here that the breed of the dog is determined by the observer.  If your friendly governmental representative thinks your dog is a pit bull, then it is.  If the government thinks you are a reckless owner, then you are and the family pet will be confiscated and killed by the dog warden.

Eventually these arrogant little morons will run afoul of real authority and they'll get their little paddies smacked with a ruler.  Meantime, they are a pain in the royal venochie of anyone unfortunate enough to live in Toledo.

Tyrone, by the way, is no longer an elected official.  Tyrone is now a judge, thanks to governor Strickland who should know better than to appoint a complete asshole like Tyrone to the bench.

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