As of the end of May 2012, pit bull dogs are no longer deemed "vicious," according to a new bill that was passed into law
in Ohio. Under the previous 25-year-old law, pit bulls were automatically classified as "vicious," regardless of an individual
Going forward, no breed of dog in Ohio will be classified as vicious without reason. Under the new law, previous labels—including
"vicious" and "dangerous"—will be redefined, and a new category of "nuisance" will be added. The law now defines a "vicious
dog" as one that, without provocation, has killed or caused serious injury to any person. A "dangerous dog" is a dog that,
without provocation, has caused injury (other than killing or serious injury) to any person or has killed another dog. A "nuisance
dog" is defined as a dog that, without provocation and while off its caregiver's premises, has chased or approached a person
in a menacing manner or attempted to bite a person.
Additionally, owners of dangerous dogs will now face stiffer penalties for violating the law and may in some cases be required
to obtain liability insurance.