PARMA, Ohio (WOIO) - Parma’s 30-year-old pit bull ban will be upheld by the slimmest of margins.
In May, Issue 10 failed by 21 votes, according to the unofficial results.
With the addition of 65 provisional ballots and 15 vote-by-mail ballots that arrived after Election Day, the results were narrowed to a 14-vote margin:
-5,935 (50.06) opposed to the repeal
-5,921 (49.94) in favor of the repeal
However, the official results have triggered an automatic recount, because the proposal failed by less than one-half of one percent.
Advocates of repealing the ban, including Jeff Theman, said they are not giving up.
“We’ve already made council aware that the next dog they target and issue a citation under the pit bull ban, we’re going to take legal action," Theman said.
Theman, who made a documentary about breed specific legislation that bars some breeds, including pit bulls, said the dogs are unfairly targeted.
“Being a dog lover, I just wanted to put this issue to rest so we can move on and do some good things in our communities," Theman said.
However, advocates for upholding the ban point to attacks by pit bulls as a reason to keep current law in place, which has existed for more than thirty years.
The recount will be scheduled for May 29.