Akron Dog Bites and Dog Attacks

Akron and Summit County Dog Laws and Ordinances

Akron and Summit County Ohio Dog Laws and OrdinancesIn addition to Ohio laws governing dogs and the responsibilities of dog owners, the City of Akron and Summit County, Ohio have specific dog ordinances in place to protect the public.

There are also local agencies that should be contacted when a dog attack has taken place anywhere in Akron, Barberton, Cuyahoga Falls, Fairlawn, Richfield, Macedonia, Green, Stow, Tallmadge, Norton, New Franklin, Munroe Falls or any other city, town or village located within Summit County, Ohio. A directory of these local agencies is provided at the bottom of this page.

If you or a loved one has been 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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Overview of Local Dog Laws and Ordinances

Here’s a brief overview of some of the local Akron and Summit County dog laws, ordinances and rules:

• Dogs must be licensed when they reach 3 months old and every year thereafter.
• Dogs must be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian within 30 days of reaching 3 months old. The rabies vaccination must be maintained regularly for the life of the dog.
• Dogs are not allowed to annoy others with continuous howling or barking
• Female dogs in heat must be confined to the owner’s property.
• When a dog is off the owner’s property, it must be restrained by a leash and under control at all times.
• Dogs are not allowed to damage, deface or deposit waste on any public or private property. If a dog does any of these, it is the dog owner’s responsibility for removing and properly disposing of all waste.
• If a dog bites a person or a domestic animal (such as another dog or cat) regardless of whether the bit occurs on or off the owner’s property, the dog may be seized by the Summit County Dog Warden upon petitioning the court.

For a complete list of the dog laws and ordinances that govern the City of Akron and Summit County, please visit these links:

Akron, Ohio Municipal Codes – Chapter 92, Animals
Summit County, Ohio Codified Ordinance 88-360, Section 505

Licensing a Dog in Summit County

Summit County Ohio Dog Laws and OrdinancesDog licenses must be obtained from Summit County when a dog reaches 3 months old. The license must be renewed each year of the dog’s life.

A dog license places dog owners in compliance with state and local laws, provides proof of ownership documentation, and entitles visits to area dog parks and participation in pet-friendly community activities.

Licenses for dogs trained to give assistance to disabled persons are free of charge and valid throughout the duration of the animal’s life. Proof of training must be submitted with the dog license application.

For more information about dog licenses in Summit County and locations throughout the county where dog licenses can be obtained, please call Summit County Offices at (330) 630-7226 or visit this link: http://fiscaloffice.summitoh.net/index.php/dog-licensing/neighborhood-locations

Dogs in City or County Parks

All dogs that are brought to a public park located within Summit County must be leashed and under control at all times. The owners of dogs or a person in control of the dog are responsible for removal and proper disposal of all dog waste.

Barking Dog Complaints

Each city, town or village located within Summit County has specific procedures for filing a complaint related to a barking dog.

The City of Akron’s Barking Dog Complaint Procedures are as follows:

• Contact City of Akron by dialing 311 or calling (330) 375-2311.
• Provide information about the complaint.
• All complaints filed are considered public record.
• The Animal Control Warden will contact the person filing the complaint.
• The Animal Control Warden will contact the dog owner.
• The Animal Control Warden files their report at the Customer Service Office located at 146 S. High St., Room 700 in downtown Akron. The complaint is kept on file for a period of 1 year from the report completion date.
• The person who originally filed the complaint must pick up a copy of the Animal Control Warden’s report at 146 S. High St., Room 700 and then proceed to the Akron Municipal Court located at 217 S. High St., Room 742 to begin the prosecution process against the dog owner.

Pit Bulls and Regulated Breeds of Dogs in City of Akron

Any breed or mixed-breed of the following types of dogs is subject to special regulations within the City of Akron:

• American Pit Bull Terrier
• American Staffordshire Terrier
• Staffordshire Bull Terrier
• Canary Dog
• American Bull Dog
• Old Country Bull Dog
• Perro de Presa Canario

City of Akron Dog Laws and OrdinancesSpecial regulations also apply to any breed of dog that is considered to be a vicious dog under Akron Municipal Codes.

Severe penalties can be levied upon owners who fail to register and comply with the regulations governing these dogs.

Akron City Ordinances dictate that owners of Pit Bulls and other regulated breeds of dogs must do all of the following:

1.  Dog must wear a fluorescent collar available for free from the City of Akron.
2.  A City of Akron issued warning sign must be placed on the dog owner’s premises. The warning sign is available for free from the City of Akron and must be visible and capable of being read from a public street or highway
3.  Have the dog tattooed with a code number authorized by the City of Akron. In lieu of a tattoo, a dog can be micro-chipped by a licensed veterinarian.
4.  Provide two color photos of the dog to the City of Akron when the fluorescent collar is obtained and one color photo of the dog when the dog has been tattooed showing the tattooed code on the dog.
5.  Notify City of Akron within 24 hours if the dog has died, been sold or donated.
6.  Pay an annual fee to the City of Akron and provide proof of liability insurance.
7.  Keep the dog secured at all times.
8.  Regularly vaccinate the dog.
9.  Obtain annual dog license.
10.  Ensure that the dog does not go unconfined on the premises of another and does not run at large within the City of Akron.

Anyone who violates any of these requirements is subject to a fine and possible jail time.

Dog Bites in Akron and Summit County, Ohio

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

As soon as possible and once you or your loved one has received the initial necessary medical attention, it’s important to contact both your local Animal Control Warden and the Summit County Health Department.

For a complete checklist of what to do after a dog bite, please visit this link: https://dogbitesohio.com/what-to-do-if-bitten-by-dog/

Directory of Summit County, Ohio Dog Resources

Summit County Health Department – (330) 923-4891
Summit County Dog Warden – (330) 643-2845
City of Akron: (330) 375-2311
City of Barberton: (330) 753-6611
City of Cuyahoga Falls: (330) 928-2181
City of Fairlawn: (330) 670-4300
City of Green: (330) 896-6603
City of Hudson: (330) 650-1799
City of Macedonia: (440) 232-2964
City of Munroe Falls: (330) 688-7491
City of New Franklin: (330) 882-4324
City of Norton: (330) 825-7815
City of Stow: (330) 689-2700
City of Tallmadge: (330) 633-4066
City of Twinsburg: (330) 425-1234

Questions About Dog Attacks That Occur in Akron or Summit County

If you have questions about a dog attack that occurred within the City of Akron or anywhere in Summit 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 available 24/7/365 by calling 1-888-998-9101, chatting with one of our live chat representatives or sending us a website message.

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