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The Lima NewsLet’s be honest: Pit bulls can be dangerous. We’ve all seen the news after a dog mauls a jogger or a child. But, if we’re being honest, let’s remember that any number of things — just about any breed of dog included — can be dangerous.Pit bull owners, however, are the target for now. Both the state and the city of Lima have laws that place unreasonable restrictions on those owners. In Lima, for example, pit bull owners may only have one dog per household, and they have to carry $100,000 worth of liability insurance, contain their one dog in a locked pen with a roof, and muzzle them while walking. The state law calls pit bulls vicious animals and sets restrictions on them.A local group of dog owners wants to fight the laws. A lawsuit is possible, if the group can raise the money. Donna Laratta, owner of Hollowell Academy of Dog Training, formed the group after dog owners kept complaining about the new laws.Those dog owners are right to complain. It makes no sense to punish an entire breed of dog and an entire group of dog owners for the irresponsible behavior of a few dog owners. As Laratta put it, “When the dog is raised right, it’s just like any other family pet.” The key phrase is “raised right.”Responsible people shouldn’t face punishment for the behavior of irresponsible people. Take the dogs away from irresponsible people, by all means, but leave responsible dog owners alone. But, since those in the Nanny State are bent on “doing something,” why not handle these “vicious animals” the same way as concealed carry permits for guns? If lawmakers feel they have to involve themselves in dog ownership, government-required training still wouldn’t be a good solution — but it beats outright restrictions on ownership.

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