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Mansfield Dog Bites and Dog Attacks

Mansfield and Richland County Dog Laws and Ordinances

Mansfield and Richland County Dog Laws and OrdinancesThe City of Mansfield, Ohio and other cities and villages located in Richland County have laws and ordinances in place to protect citizens from dog attacks and injuries. These laws and ordinances are in addition to Ohio laws governing dogs, their behavior and the responsibilities of their owners.

Local agencies need to be contacted when a dog attack has taken place anywhere in Mansfield, Shelby, Ontario, Bellville, Butler, Lexington, Shiloh, Lucas or any other city, town or village located within Richland County.  A directory of these local agencies is provided below.

Dog Bites in Mansfield and Richland County, Ohio

If you have been bitten by a dog anywhere in Richland County, seek medical treatment immediately.

As soon as possible and once you, your child, your spouse or your loved one has received the appropriate professional medical attention, it’s important to contact the Richland County Public Health Department and the Richland County Dog Warden. The telephone numbers and links to each of these governmental agencies websites are listed below.

When a dog bite is reported to the Richland County Public Health Department, the victim will first be advised to seek proper medical attention. The Public Health Clinic located at the Richland County Health Department is available for dog bite victims who have no medical assistance. The Health Department will then begin investigating the dog to see if it is infected with rabies.

The dog must be placed in quarantine for a minimum of 10 days from the day of the bite. While in quarantine, the dog must be isolated and enclosed in a restricted area under the dog owners control or at a pound or kennel. The dog’s owner is responsible for any costs associated with the quarantine. During the quarantine period, the dog’s owner must provide documentation which shows the dog is current with rabies vaccinations. If it is not current, the dog shall not be immunized until the initial quarantine period ends.

If the dog becomes ill, dies, is lost, or is relocated during the quarantine period, the dog’s owner is responsible to notify the Richland County Public Health Department immediately.

If rabies symptoms are identified during the quarantine period, the Richland County Public Health Department will require the dog to examined by a licensed veterinary at the expense of the dog’s owner. The dog shall remain in quarantine until it is properly vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian and documentation of the rabies vaccination is provided to the Richland County Public Health Department.

To see a complete checklist of what you should do after a dog bite, please visit this link:

Dog Bite Questions

If you have questions about a dog attack that occurred within the City of Mansfield or anywhere in Richland 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 attack.

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Vicious and Dangerous Dogs in the City of Mansfield

City of Mansfield Ohio Dangerous Dogs and Vicious DogsThe City of Mansfield Codified Ordinances state the following for vicious and dangerous dogs:

  • A dangerous dog is a dog that, without provocation, has chased, attempted to bite or otherwise endanger a person while the dog is off the premises of its owner, harborer or keeper.
  • A dangerous dog does not include a police dog while that dog is on duty being used to assist a law enforcement officer in the performance of official duties.
  • A vicious dog is a dog that, without provocation, has killed or caused serious injury to a person or has killed another domesticated animal.
  • A dog is considered a vicious dog if it belongs to the breed known as American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier or Staffordshire Terrier or any mixed breed of dog which contains these types of breeds.
  • Vicious dogs are prohibited within the jurisdictional limits of the City of Mansfield.

For complete details and requirements relating to dangerous dogs and vicious dogs in the City of Mansfield, please visit this link:  City of Mansfield Vicious and Dangerous Dogs

Licensing a Dog in Richland County

Dog licenses must be obtained from Richland County when a dog reaches 3 months old. The license must be renewed each year of the dog’s life unless a multi-year dog license is purchased.

For more information about dog licenses in Richland County please visit this link: Richland County Dog License Information

Directory of Richland County, Ohio Dog Resources

Richland Public Health Department: (419) 744-4500
Richland County Dog Warden: (419) 774-5892
City of Mansfield: (419) 755-9724
City of Ontario: (419) 529-3818
City of Shelby: (419) 347-5131

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If you, your child, your spouse or a loved one has been attacked and bitten by a dog, please contact us at any time of day and any day of the week 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 to protect yourself and your future.

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