Beware: State Upholds a Vicious Dog Law

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Pet lovers, beware.   The state is stepping in to uphold laws that restrict the rights of dog owners across the state.

The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld as constitutional a Youngstown city ordinance that requires vicious dogs to be confined and requires the state to prove at trial that a defendant's dog is vicious or dangerous.

But the 5 to 2 ruling had even the justices in disagreement over what exactly is a vicious dog.

In Lakewood, they're breeds like pitbulls -- which are banned.

In Parma, it's any dog that has attacked or has a tendency to attack people.

The ruling gives communities more power to hold dog owners of all breeds responsible for their dogs' actions.

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