Council Considering Changes To Vicious Dog Ordinance

The Chillicothe City Council is considering changes to their vicious dog ordinance that currently prohibits certain dog breeds.  The City Attorney, Robert Cowherd led the discussion at Monday’s council meeting.  He briefly explained the current 205 ordinances on dogs and vicious dogs.

Cowherd says the city has several options.  The first is to leave the ordinance unchanged.

The council discussed the options and concerns.  They also heard from several people in attendance about the proposed changes.  Most were in favor of eliminating the breed-specific portion of the ordinance.

Under the proposed changes, a dog would be considered vicious if it had attacked or bitten a person or other animal without warning.  There are other qualifiers as well.  If found to be vicious, the owner would have additional restrictions they must follow for the animal.

Mayor Theresa Kelly is asking the public to contact their council representatives and express their opinion on the proposed changes.


  • I do not live in Chillicothe but I happen to be a groomer here in town and the ordinance does need a change. I think owners need to be held accountable for their dogs, regardless of the breed. This would include enforcing leash laws. Owners NEED to do research on the type of dog that is most compatible with what they are looking for, and that is responsibility at its finest and should be seen through accordingly.

  • Denver, Co just lifted their pit bull ban with dangerous results. Pit bull bites in 2021 outnumber those of any other breed:

  • As a near fatal mauling survivor, I was 54 when on 11/16/2015 when I was mauled. Dogs don’t necessarily give any indication that they are getting ready to attack. The first bite came from behind. I fought for my life in my yard for over 2 hours. Many details that would take me a while to tell. I now tell people if it happened to me it can happen to you. No one saw or heard me. I barely made it to my phone otherwise I would have died naked and mutilated in my yard. I was literally dismembered at the left ankle. My right foot barely survived. I nearly bled out. I was in long term care 3 months. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical costs and I am permanently disabled. I survived what many haven’t. I was ignorant about breed propensity. It wasn’t until after my attack that I discovered the hundreds of people, children who are killed or mutilated by a bully breed that they know well and trust often the family pet. Rehoming pitbulls is literally risking life and limb. I wish they weren’t such high risk but they are. And insurance companies don’t like insuring for them. No dog is worth losing your child or other loved one.

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