Ohio gov gets bill ending 'vicious' pit bull label

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Pit bulls in Ohio would no longer be labeled as "vicious" dogs under a bill that is headed to the governor's desk.

The House voted 67-30 on Wednesday to agree to Senate changes to the legislation.

State law currently defines a vicious dog as one that has seriously hurt or killed a person, killed another dog or is among those commonly known as pit bulls. The measure would remove the reference to pit bulls from the definition and require evidence to prove pit bulls are actually vicious.

The bill also specifies that the label does not include a police dog that has injured a person or has killed another dog.

Some dog wardens oppose the measure because of frequent pit bull attacks. Others say pit bulls are not inherently vicious.