There Are Specific Rules for Owners of Dangerous Dogs in Ohio

July 31, 2012

Dog Bites

Dangerous Dogs in OhioIn Ohio, a “dangerous dog” is a dog that, without provocation, injures a person or kills another dog.  Owners of dangerous dogs must adhere to a specific set of rules in order to legally keep the dog.  These rules are laid out in Ohio Revised Code 955.22 and are summarized below.

First, while the dog is on the owner’s property, the dog must be securely confined at all times in a locked pen that has a top, locked fenced yard, or other locked enclosure that has a top.  If the dog is off the owner’s property, the dog must be kept on chain-link leash or tether that is not more than six feet long.  In addition, the dog must be either be controlled by a person of suitable age or the dog must be muzzled.

Owners of dangerous dogs must also obtain liability insurance that provides coverage for damages and bodily injury to or death of a person that may be caused by the dog.  In addition, owners must obtain a dangerous dog registration certificate from their county auditor and affix a tag that identifies the dog as dangerous on the dog’s collar.  Owners must ensure that the dog wears the collar and tag at all times.

Furthermore, owners of dangerous dogs have a duty to report to the local dog warden in certain situations.  This duty to report is triggered if the dog gets loose, bites a person, attacks another animal, or if the dog is sold or given to another person.  Finally, owners of dangerous dogs are prohibited from debarking a dangerous dog or from knowingly owning a dangerous dog that has been debarked.

If you or a loved one has become the victim of a dog bite or dog attack anywhere in Ohio, contact the Ohio law firm of Slater & Zurz LLP for a free consultation with an attorney experienced with dog bite cases.  Please call 1-800-297-9191 or send a Blog Message to schedule a time to talk.

For more information about Ohio dog bite laws and the actions victims of dog bites can take, please visit 

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