Published: Monday, 4/6/2015 - Updated: 24 minutes ago

BY ALEXANDRA MESTER
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Three years after Ohio law became breed-neutral, some dog owners still face sizable hurdles because of their pets’ breeds.

One of the largest obstacles is insurance. It is common practice in Ohio for insurance companies to maintain a list of breeds they consider high-risk and handle differently from others.

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Liz Marsden has worked for almost 30 years as a dog trainer, including working with 11 of NFL quarterback Michael Vick’s pit bulls after he was sent to prison in 2007 for his role in a dogfighting operation.

But the Chaplin resident has disavowed the animal rescue community and taken an activist role in opposition to efforts at the state Capitol to prevent dog breed discrimination. 

“These are animals that were purposely bred to fight to the death,” Marsden said of pit bulls, a classification encompassing breeds such as the American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier and bull terrier.

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Known across the world for her dog training expertise, Melissa Heeter now is imparting words of wisdom to help her fellow Bartow County residents reach their full potential. In light of November being Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the Rydal resident, who also is a lung cancer patient, is stressing the importance of obtaining second medical opinions and an annual chest X-ray.

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Purebred dog breeders are at a loss after the enforcement of the rules for sending puppies to the United States changed without notice.

The Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) requires puppies entering the U.S. receive the rabies vaccination when they are only three months old. Following their shots, the dogs must undergo a 30 day waiting period before they can cross the border.

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Recent dog attacks should serve as reminders that other types of dogs, not just pit bulls, can be dangerous.

On Sunday in Kettering, a woman was bitten by one of two rottweilers on leashes in a parking lot off East Stroop Road.

The unidentified victim reached down to let one of the dogs smell her hand, and it jumped up, put its paws on her arm and bit her, according to Kettering police records.

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TULSA, Oklahoma -

Most dog owners will tell you their pets are part of the family, but that doesn't mean we should leave our furry kids alone with our children.

The Center for Disease Control said 885,000 Americans need medical attention every year for dog bites, and the majority of them are children.

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Like clockwork each summer, children and elderly people become victims of attacks by dogs running at large. Sometimes, people enter a dog’‍s territory and are bitten.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. Medical attention is required for 885,000 people; children account for half of those injuries.

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