Fulton Co. pitbull legislation tabled

Commissioners want more study

By David J. Coehrs - [email protected]

WAUSEON – A resolution that would permit a regional rescue center to adopt pitbull-type dogs from the Fulton County Dog Pound was tabled at a session of the county commissioners last Tuesday in order to more fully review the issue.

Commissioner Bill Rufenacht requested that the vote be delayed so he can further research the pros and cons. The resolution would amend a previous county resolution that forbade pitbull-type dogs from being adopted from the dog pound.

It would add the Lucas County Pit Crew, a pitbull adoption and dog rescue agency, to a list of agencies that may now accept stray pitbull-type dogs from Fulton County. Last summer, the commissioners passed a resolution allowing humane societies to adopt those breeds held at the dog pound if they are deemed adoptable.

Prior to passage of that resolution, pitbull-type dogs housed by the dog pound that were not claimed were euthanized. Commissioner Jeff Rupp said they were not adopted out “because of the vicious nature of pitbulls when they attack. There were a lot of political entities passing laws about pitbulls.”

Rupp said that attitude has since softened. “Not all pitbulls are vicious. So why put them down if they’re not a vicious animal,” he said.

County Dog Warden Brian Banister had also suggested more research on pitbull-type dogs before a decision was made, Rupp said. Banister declined to comment.

In other business, the commissioners authorized the creation of the Fulton County Transportation Improvement District (TID). The organization will make it possible for the county to receive federal assistance for highway projects.

The local TID board will include the county commissioners, County Engineer Frank Onweller, and County Auditor Brett Kolb, and will determine necessary projects.

The establishment of a county TID is a requirement to apply for federal assistance. Onweller said government funds are available for maintaining and improving transportation infrastructure.

“It’s another possible funding source for road projects,” he said.

A total of $3.5 million will be awarded to TID projects in Fiscal Year 2016 by ODOT’s Office of Jobs and Commerce.

Rupp said the county’s TID won’t be approved by the state until sometime next spring. A regional rural transportation organization comprised of the Ohio Department of Transportation and Fulton, Henry, Williams, Defiance, and Paulding counties was created about two years ago.

Commissioners want more study

By David J. Coehrs

[email protected]

David J. Coehrs can be reached at 419-335-2010.

David J. Coehrs can be reached at 419-335-2010.