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Hamilton Dog Bites and Dog Attacks

Hamilton and Butler County Dog Laws and Ordinances

Hamilton, Ohio and Butler County Dog Laws and OrdinancesOhio has laws governing dogs and the responsibilities of dog owners.

The City of Hamilton and Butler County, Ohio also have specific dog ordinances in place to protect the safety and welfare of the public.

There are local agencies that should be contacted when a dog attack has taken place anywhere in Hamilton, Fairfield, Middletown, Sharonville, Trenton, Oxford, Monroe or any other city, town or village located within Butler County.

A directory of these local agencies is provided below.

Butler County, Ohio Dog Resource Directory

Butler Health Department: (513) 863-1770
Hamilton City Health Department: (513) 785-7080
Middletown Health Department: (513) 425-1818
Butler County Dog Warden: (513) 785-1300
Butler County Auditor (Dog Licenses): (513) 887-3154
City of Hamilton: (513) 785-1300
City of Fairfield: (513) 829-8201
City of Middletown: (513) 425-7700
City of Monroe: (513) 539-9234
City of Oxford: (513) 523-4321
City of Trenton: (513) 988-6341
City of Sharonville: (513) 563-1144

Dog Bites in Butler County, Ohio

If you have been bitten by a dog anywhere in Butler County, seek professional medical treatment immediately by contacting your primary care physician, visiting your local hospital or calling paramedics or an ambulance if necessary.

As soon as possible and once you or your loved one has received the initial necessary medical attention, it’s important to contact both the Butler County Health Department and the Butler County Dog Warden. If you live within the city limits of Hamilton, Ohio, you should contact the Hamilton City Health Department. If you live within the city limits of Middletown, you should contact the Middletown Health Department. Contact information including links to these local agency websites and telephone numbers are provided above.

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

Quarantine Period After a Dog Bite in City of Hamilton

When someone is bitten by a dog a report must be made with the Director of Health within 24 hours. The dog must be placed into quarantine by the dog’s owner, harborer or keeper for isolation and observation purposes. The dog can also be placed into quarantine in a dog pound and dog kennel. Wherever the dog is quarantined it will be under the supervision of the Director of Health and the costs and expenses of the quarantine are the responsibility of the dog’s owner, harborer or keeper. The quarantine period is for a minimum of ten days from the date of the dog bite and continues until the Director of Health determines the dog is not infected with rabies. During this period of time, a licensed veterinarian observes and examines the dog for symptoms of rabies at least twice. Once at the beginning of the quarantine and once at the end.  The veterinarian reports his or her findings to the Director of Health.

If the dog’s owner, harborer or keeper is not known, the dog will be destroyed at the direction of the Director of Health.

City of Hamilton Requirements for Vicious Dogs and Dangerous Dogs

City of Hamilton Ohio Dog LawsThe City of Hamilton defines a dangerous dog in the Hamilton Municipal Code as a dog that without provocation has chased or approached someone in a menacing fashion or with an apparent attitude of attack or has attempted to bite or endanger someone while that dog is off the premises of its owner, keeper or harborer.

Generally a police dog is not subject to the above definition while it is performing its official duties.

Hamilton defines a vicious  dog as a dog that without provocation has done one or some of the following:

1.  Killed or injured someone.

2. Killed another dog.

3. Belongs to a breed commonly known as Pit Bull or Pit Bull mix breed.

The definition of a vicious dog does not include police dogs that are performing their official duties or a dog that has killed or caused injury to someone while that person was committing or attempting to commit a trespass or other criminal offense on the property of the dog’s owner, harborer or keeper.

If a dog is designated as vicious or dangerous it must be confined on the premises of the dog’s owner, harborer or keeper. The dog cannot go outside the property of its owner, keeper or harborer unless the dog is securely leashed and muzzled.

For additional information on dogs, their behavior and the responsibilities of dog owners, harborers and keepers, please review the City of Hamilton Municipal Code.

Get Answers for Questions and Dog Bite Information

If you have questions about a dog attack that occurred within the City of Hamilton or anywhere in Butler County, please do not hesitate to contact us and discuss the attack at no cost and without any obligation. We are happy to answer your questions and provide you with the guidance that’s needed after a dog bite incident.

We’re always available including holidays, evenings and weekends by calling 1-888-534-4850, chatting with one of our 24-hour live chat representatives or sending us a website message.

Licensing Dogs in Butler County

Butler County Ohio Dog LawsOhio requires you to license your dog. The dog license tag has an identification number that identifies the owner of the dog should the dog become lost or stolen.

If your dog is lost and taken to the Butler County Humane Society, it will be kept for 14 days if it is wearing a license before it is placed up for adoption. If the dog does not have a license tag the holding time is reduced to 3 days.

Dog licenses can be purchased annually or there is an option to purchase a 3-year tag and a permanent dog license tag.

A dog license can be purchased from the Butler County Auditor, the Butler County Dog Wardens, or at one of the licensed vendors which are listed on the Butler County Auditor website. Dog licenses can also be purchased online by visiting this link: Butler County Dog License

Only annual dog license tags can be purchased online or through dog licensing tag agents. Three year and permanent dog tags must be purchased directly from the Butler County Auditor’s Office.

Butler County Dog Wardens will also come to residences during normal working hours to sell dog licenses.

Registering Dangerous Dogs

If you are the owner of a dog that has been designated as a dangerous dog, you must obtain a dangerous dog registration certificate and tag from the Butler County Auditor’s Office. There is a fee for the dangerous dog registration certificate and tag. Owners, harborers or keepers of these types of dogs are required to renew the registration certificate annually for the same fee and in the same manner as the initial certificate was obtained.

Standing By To Take Your Call After a Dog Attack

When someone in Hamilton, Middletown, Oxford, Fairfield or any other city, village or town in Butler County has been bitten by a dog, we are standing at all times of day and all days of the week to help.

Please contact us for a free consultation with one of our experienced Ohio dog bite attorneys. You’ll learn what you need to know and what you need to do after a dog bite.

Please call us at 1-888-534-4850, chat with one of our 24-hour live chat representatives or send us a website message.

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