Facts Over Fear

Guilty ‘Til Proven Innocent” on Vimeo On Demand

“Guilty ‘Til Proven Innocent” takes an objective approach to examining the dangerous and vicious dog debate, to answer the important decades old question –

“Do we have a dangerous dog breed problem, or dangerous laws targeting dogs?”

Using Ohio as the backdrop, this documentary film intimately follows the city of Lakewood – a suburb of Cleveland, as they propose, pass and enforce a new ordinance which bans dogs labeled “pit bull” beginning in the summer of 2008, through its repeal on April 2, 2018 a decade later.

During the 1980’s and 90’s, certain breeds or types of dog – namely “pit bulls”, were targeted in legislation, which spread like wildfire across the U.S. and around the world, called Breed Specific Legislation (BSL). These laws either restrict or prohibit the ownership of such dogs named.

In July 1987, the state of Ohio placed heavy restrictions on the ownership of dogs labeled “pit bull”, including liability insurance, certain leashing and containment requirements, among a list of others in order to legally keep their dogs. Several Ohio municipalities took it a step further and banned the animals within their city limits.



Events & News

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Guilty Til Proven Innocent – Parma, Ohio screening
The premiere of the completely re-edited, enhanced and updated “Guilty ‘Til Proven Innocent” will be held in Parma, Ohio – a city who currently has a 30+ year “pit bull” ban, but is being challenged with a ballot measure to be voted on a week later (May 7, 2019). Reserve your spot now – CLICK HERE!

Immediately following the conclusion of the film, a Q&A with a panel of experts in their professional fields, will be there to take questions.

  1. Matt Zone, Cleveland City Councilman
  2. Phil Calabrese, Attorney
  3. Ken McCort, Animal Behaviorist
  4. Greg Murray, Pet Photographer
  5. Jeff Theman, River Fire Films/Director of GTPI

Facebook Event Page: Guilty Til Proven Innocent “Official” Release

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Parma, Ohio residents vote to end Breed Specific Legislation

Facebook Event Page: Parma, Ohio – Yes on Issue 10!
Facebook Event Page: Parma, Ohio – #EndBSL Watch Party


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