Dublin City Council on Aug. 28 approved an ordinance that removes wording defining pit bulls as vicious dogs.

The ordinance was a response to a request from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals asking the city to change how it defines the breed based on a recent decision by the Fifth Appellate District Court of Appeals.

Dublin's ordinances regarding pit bulls date to 2002, when the city enacted restrictions mirroring state law at the time that defined pit bulls as vicious regardless of behavior and required the dogs' owners to file proof of insurance with the Dublin Division of Police.

Since 2002, only three pit bull owners complied with the requirement, according to a memo from Dublin Law Director Jennifer Readler to Dublin City Council.

The new ordinance defines a dog by action instead of breed and provides three different behavior-based definitions:

* A dangerous dog would be defined by actions that include causing injury to someone or killing another dog.

* A nuisance dog would be defined as a dog that without provocation and while off the owner's premises chased or approached someone in a menacing way or attempted to bite or endanger someone.

* A vicious dog would be defined as a dog that has killed or seriously injured a person without provocation.

Reader said the city wants to comply with current state law and case law, which has trended away from breed-specific classification.