COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The city of Bexley is now joining other communities across the Columbus region by lifting a ban on specific dog breeds. Pit bulls have not been allowed within city limits since 2012.
Erica Hondroulis adopted her dog Mellie from the Franklin County Dog Shelter a year ago. Living in Bexley, she says she knew about the pit bull ban, but says losing her dog is like losing apart of her family.
“She really is the sweetest, loveliest, cuddliest dog and there’s not anything violent about her,” says Hondroulis. “The shelter said that they could maybe see a little box in her but, I specifically asked about whether she had pit bull in her and they told me that she did not.”
So she was shocked when animal control questioned her this past spring about Mellie’s breed.
“I told animal control she’s a medium mix according to the shelter, that’s all the paperwork I have, that’s all I know. They said, no she definitely has pit bull in her and said this as a warning and be really careful,” said Hondroulis.
Frustrated and worried, Hondroulis took action. Meeting with the city’s mayor and joining others supporting equal rights of all dog breeds in Bexley.
Tuesday, Bexley city council members voted to lift that ban.
Pit bulls must be spayed or neutered, registered with the city and pass an obedience class.
Hondroulis says she is working on getting Mellie registered and the pup is doing great in obedience class.
“We are in Bexley because we love the community and the schools are fantastic but she’s she’s a part of our family.”
The new ordinance will take effect January 1. 2017.