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Findlay Dog Bites and Dog Attacks

Findlay and Hancock County Dog Laws and Ordinances

Findlay Ohio dog bite laws and lawyerThe City of Findlay, Ohio and Hancock County  have specific dog ordinances in place to protect residents and visitors.

These ordinances are in addition to Ohio laws governing dogs and the responsibilities of dog owners, keepers and harborers.

There are local agencies that should be contacted when a dog attack has taken place anywhere in Findlay, Fostoria, Arcadia, Arlington, Mount Blanchard, McComb, Van Buren, Benton Ridge, Bluffton, Jenera, Vanlue, Mount Cory, Rawson or any other city, town or village located within Hancock County.

A directory of these local agencies with links to their websites and telephone numbers is provided below.

Dog Bites in Findlay and Hancock County, Ohio

If you have been attacked and bitten by a dog anywhere in Hancock County, Ohio seek appropriate professional medical treatment immediately.

Once you or your loved one has received the necessary medical attention, it’s important to contact both the Hancock County Public Health Department and the Hancock County Dog Control Department.

For a complete checklist of what to do after a dog bite, please visit this link:

Findlay Ordinance Related to Dog Bites

The City of Findlay, Ohio Municipal Code requires any person who is bitten by a dog to report the bite to the Health Commissioner within 24 hours.

Whenever it is reported to the Health Commissioner that any dog has bitten a person, that dog shall be quarantined under an order issued by the Health Commissioner.  The dog shall be quarantined by its owner or by a harborer, or shall be quarantined in a pound or kennel.  In all cases, such quarantine shall be under the supervision of the Health Commissioner and shall be at the expense of the owner or harborer.

Quarantine shall continue until the Health Commissioner determines that the dog is not afflicted with rabies.  The quarantine period hereby required shall not be less than ten days from the date on which the person was bitten.  If at any time during the quarantine the Health Commissioner requires the dog to be examined for symptoms of rabies, then the examination shall be by a licensed doctor of veterinary medicine.  The veterinarian shall report to the Health Commissioner the conclusions reached as a result of the examinations.  The examination by a veterinarian shall be at the expense of the owner or harborer.  No dog shall be released from the required quarantine unless and until it has been properly vaccinated against rabies.

Findlay Dangerous Dog Ordinance

City of Findlay Ohio Dog LawsIf a dog is deemed to be dangerous, it must be strictly controlled at all times. A dangerous dog is defined as one that has, without provocation, caused injury to someone or killed another dog.

When the dangerous dog is on the premises of the owner, keeper or harborer, it must be securely confined at all times in a building, in a locked pen that has a top, locked fenced yard or other locked enclosure that has a top.

When the dangerous dog is off the premises of the owner, keeper or harborer, it must be kept on a chain-link leash or tether that is not more than six feet in length and must be either:

  1. Kept in a locked pen that has a top, locked fenced yard or other locked enclosure that has a top;
  2. Have the leash or tether controlled by a person who is of suitable age and discretion or securely attach, tie or affix the leash or tether to the ground or stationary object or fixture so that the dog is adequately restrained and station such a person in close enough proximity to that dog so as to prevent it from causing injury to any person, or must be;
  3. Muzzled.

Furthermore, an owner, keeper or harborer of a dangerous dog must do the following:

  1. Obtain liability insurance with an insurer authorized to write liability insurance in Ohio providing coverage in each occurrence because of damage or bodily injury to or death of a person caused by the dangerous dog if so ordered by a court and provide proof of that liability insurance upon request to any law enforcement officer, County Dog Warden, or public health official charged with enforcing this section;
  2. Obtain a dangerous dog registration certificate from the Hancock County Auditor, affix a tag that identifies the dog as a dangerous dog to the dog’s collar, and ensure that the dog wears the collar and tag at all times;
  3. Notify the local Dog Warden immediately if any of the following occurs:
    a. The dog is loose or unconfined.
    b. The dog bites a person, unless the dog is on the property of the owner of the dog, and the person who is bitten is unlawfully trespassing or committing a criminal act within the boundaries of that property.
    c. The dog attacks another animal while the dog is off the property of the owner of the dog.

If the dog is sold, given to another person, or dies, notify the Hancock County Auditor within ten days of the sale, transfer or death.

For complete details on the City of Findlay Municipal Ordinances related to dogs, please visit this link: Findlay, Ohio Codified Ordinances

Dog Bite Questions

If you have questions about a dog attack that occurred within the City of Findlay or anywhere in Hancock County, please contact us to discuss the attack. There is no cost for an initial consultation and you are under no obligation to hire our law firm. We are happy to answer your questions and provide you with the guidance you’ll need after a dog bite incident.

We’re available 24/7/365 by calling 1-888-534-4850, chatting with one of our live chat representatives or sending us a website message.

Hancock County Dog License

Hancock County Ohio Dog LawsPer Ohio law, a dog license must be obtained from the Hancock County Auditor’s Office when a dog reaches 3 months old. The license must be renewed each year of the dog’s life.

You can download a dog license application or purchase a dog license online by visiting the Hancock County Auditor’s website.

For more information about dog licenses in Hancock County including current fees and a list of dog licensing locations, please visit this link: Hancock County Dog Licensing

Hancock County, Ohio Dog Resource Directory

Hancock County Public Health: (419) 424-7869
Hancock County Dog Control: (419) 423-1664
City of Findlay: (419) 424-7150
City of Fostoria: (419) 435-9754
Village of Arlington: (419) 365-5253
Village of McComb: (419) 293-3667

The Legal Help Needed After a Dog Attack

If you or a loved one has been attacked and bitten by a dog, we are here to provide the legal help you will need. Please contact us for a free consultation with one of our experienced Ohio dog bite attorneys. You’ll get all your questions answered and learn what you need to know and what you need to do after a dog bite to protect yourself, your family and your future.

All initial consultations with an attorney at our law firm are completely free and you will be under no obligation to hire us. A free consultation is a great way to obtain professional legal guidance so you can decide if you need to hire a lawyer to protect your interests and recover compensation for your injuries and damages after a dog attack.

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