- Category: Toledo, OH
- Published on Saturday, 19 March 2011 02:22
- Written by Super User
Victory In Toledo!
The first chink in the armor of BSL in over a decade was created by Attorney Dan Haude when he took on the case of Hugh Smith. Haude, a pit bull owner and lover, took the case pro bono, and litigated the definintion contained in the Toledo ordinance of Pit Bull. It was an incredible victory against great odds. He persuaded the trial court that the dogs Mr. Smith owned were Cane Corsos, and the fact that they could be fit into the definition of "pit bull" under the ordinance made the definition unconstitutional. He also sucessfully argued that the City of Toledo did not have the power to require muzzling since it conflicted with state law. The City appealed. In the interim, the City Commission passed a new dangerous dog law that was not breed specific.