Bowling Green Dog Bites and Dog Attacks

Bowling Green and Wood County Dog Laws and Ordinances

Bowling Green Ohio and Wood County Dog Bite LawyerThe City of Bowling Green, Ohio and Wood County have dog ordinances and laws that govern dogs, the behavior of dogs and the responsibilities of dog owners, keepers and harborers.

These laws at the city, village and county level co-exist with Ohio’s state laws relating to dogs.

There are local agencies that should be contacted when a dog attack has taken place anywhere in Bowling Green, Fostoria, Northwood, Rossford, Perrysburg, Hoytville, Bloomdale, Custar, Walbridge, Cygnet, Wayne, Jerry City, Luckey, Risingsun, Milton Center, West Millgrove, Weston, Pemberville, North Baltimore, Grand Rapids or any other city, village or town located within Wood County.

A directory of these local Wood County, Ohio agencies is provided below.

Wood County, Ohio Dog Resource Directory

Wood County Health Department: (419) 352-8402
Wood County Dog Warden: (419) 354-9242 or (419) 354-9001
Wood County Auditor (Dog Licenses): (419) 354-9150
Wood County Sheriff: (419) 354-9137
City of Bowling Green Police Department: (419) 352-2571
City of Fostoria Police Department: (419) 435-8573
City of Northwood Police Department: (419) 691-5053
City of Perrysburg Police Department: (419) 872-8001
City of Rossford Police Department: (419) 666-7390
Village of Walbridge Police Department: (419) 666-1830

What To Do If Bitten By A Dog in Wood County

When a dog bites someone in Wood County, it must be reported to the Wood County Health Department for further action and investigation. The Wood County Health District Animal Bite Report Form can be downloaded via this link:  Report Animal Bite in Wood County

A dog that has bitten someone will need to be detained and quarantined for a period of 10 days for observation. During a rabies quarantine, the dog must be confined in a building, in a pen or on a chain at all times. The dog must be kept under control of its owner, harborer or keeper until the quarantine period is over and the dog has been examined and evaluated by a licensed veterinarian.

If the dog cannot be properly quarantined and kept under control by its owner, harborer or keeper, the dog will be ordered to be quarantined with a veterinarian or as directed by the Wood County Health Department.

For more tips on what you should do if bitten by a dog, we put together a checklist to follow. View this dog bite checklist by visiting the following link:  Dog Bite Checklist

Wood County Dangerous Dog Requirements

The following are requirements for all dogs within Wood County that have been designated as “dangerous dogs”:

EXCEPT WHEN A DANGEROUS DOG IS LAWFULLY ENGAGED IN HUNTING OR TRAINING FOR THE PURPOSE OF HUNTING AND IS ACCOMPANIED BY THE OWNER, KEEPER, HARBORER, OR HANDLER OF THE DOG, NO OWNER, KEEPER, OR HARBORER OF A DANGEROUS DOG SHALL FAIL TO DO EITHER OF THE FOLLOWING:

1. WHILE THAT DOG IS ON THE PREMISES OF THE OWNER, KEEPER, OR HARBORER, SECURELY CONFINE IT AT ALL TIMES IN A LOCKED PEN THAT HAS A TOP, LOCKED FENCED YARD, OR OTHER LOCKED ENCLOSURE THAT HAS A TOP.

2. WHILE THAT DOG IS OFF THE PREMISES OF THE OWNER, KEEPER, OR HARBORER, KEEP THAT DOG ON A CHAIN-LINK LEASH OR TETHER THAT IS NOT MORE THAN SIX FEET – IN LENGTH AND ADDITIONALLY DO AT LEAST ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
– KEEP THAT DOG IN A LOCKED PEN THAT HAS A TOP, LOCKED FENCED YARD, OR OTHER LOCKED ENCLOSURE THAT HAS A TOP
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 A 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
– MUZZLE THAT DOG

THE OWNER, KEEPER, OR HARBORER OF A DANGEROUS OR VICIOUS DOG SHALL NOT FAIL TO DO THE FOLLOWING:

1. OBTAIN LIABILITY INSURANCE WITH AN INSURER AUTHORIZED TO WRITE LIABILITY INSURANCE IN THIS STATE 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 SECTION 955.22 ORC.

2. NOTIFY THE LOCAL DOG WARDEN IMMEDIATELY IF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING OCCURS:
– THE DOG IS LOOSE OR UNCONFINED
– 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
– THE DOG ATTACKS ANOTHER ANIMAL WHILE THE DOG IS OFF THE PROPERTY OF THE OWNER OF THE DOG

3. NOTIFY THE COUNTY AUDITOR WITHIN TEN DAYS OF THE SALE, TRANSFER, OR DEATH OF THE DOG.

4. OBTAIN A DANGEROUS DOG REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE FROM THE COUNTY AUDITOR PURSUANT TO SECTION 955.22(I) ORC AND AFFIX THE DANGEROUS DOG TAG TO THE DOG’S COLLAR AND ENSURE THAT THE DOG WEARS THE COLLAR AND TAG AT ALL TIMES.

NO PERSON SHALL DO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:

1. DEBARK OR SURGICALLY SILENCE A DOG THAT THE PERSON KNOWS OR HAS REASON TO BELIEVE IS A DANGEROUS DOG

2. POSSESS A DANGEROUS DOG IF THE PERSON KNOWS OR HAS REASON TO BELIEVE THAT THE DOG HAS BEEN DEBARKED OR SURGICALLY SILENCED

3. FALSELY ATTEST ON A WAIVER FORM PROVIDED BY THE VETERINARIAN UNDER DIVISION (G) OF SECTION 955.22 ORC THAT THE PERSON’S DOG IS NOT A DANGEROUS DOG OR OTHERWISE PROVIDE FALSE INFORMATION ON THAT WRITTEN WAIVER FORM.

NO PERSON WHO IS CONVICTED OF OR PLEADS GUILTY TO A FELONY OFFENSE OF VIOLENCE COMMITTED ON OR AFTER MAY 22, 2012 OR A FELONY VIOLATION OF ANY PROVISION OF CHAPTER 959, 2923, OR 2925 OF THE ORC COMMITTED ON OR AFTER MAY 22, 2012 SHALL KNOWINGLY OWN, POSSESS, HAVE CUSTODY OF, OR RESIDE IN A RESIDENCE WITH EITHER OF THE FOLLOWING FOR A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS:

1. AN UNSPAYED OR UNNEUTERED DOG OLDER THAN TWELVE WEEKS OF AGE

2. ANY DOG THAT HAS BEEN DETERMINED TO BE A DANGEROUS DOG UNDER CHAPTER 955 OF THE REVISED CODE
THE CONVICTED FELON SHALL MICROCHIP FOR PERMANENT IDENTIFICATION ANY DOG OWNED, POSSESSED BY, OR IN THE CUSTODY OF THE PERSON. THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO ANY PERSON WITH RESPECT TO ANY DOG THAT THE PERSON OWNED, POSSESSED, HAD CUSTODY OF, OR RESIDED IN A RESIDENCE WITH PRIOR TO MAY 22, 2012.

THE OWNER, KEEPER, OR HABRORER OF A VICIOUS DOG AS DEFINED UNDER SECTION 955.11(A)(6)(a) MUST COMPLY WITH DIVISIONS (D) TO (I) OF SECTION 955.22 ORC AS IF THE DOG WERE A DANGEROUS DOG.

Answers To Questions

If you have questions about a dog attack that occurred anywhere in Wood County, please contact us to discuss the dog attack at no cost and without any obligation. We are happy to answer your questions and provide you with the guidance that’s needed.

We’re available 24/7/365 by calling 1-888-998-9101, chatting with one of our 24-hour live chat representatives or sending us a website message.

Wood County Dog License

Wood County Ohio Dog bite laws and ordinancesAll dogs that are more than three months of age must be licensed in Wood County. The standard licensing period runs from December 1 to January 31. License applications received after January 31 are subject to a late penalty. Licenses may not be transferred from one dog to another. A dog licenses that has been purchased is non-refundable.

One year licenses, three year licenses and permanent licenses are available for purchase.

For more information about dog licenses in Wood County, current fees, purchasing dog tags online and locations throughout the county where dog licenses can be obtained , please contact the Wood County Auditor’s Office. The link to the Wood County Auditor’s website and the telephone to this office is listed above in the Wood County, Ohio Dog Resource Directory.

Contact Us After a Dog Attack

We are standing by to help if you, your child, your spouse or other loved one has been bitten by a dog. Please contact us at any time of day and any day of the week including evenings, weekends and holidays 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 now and in the future.

Just call us at 1-888-998-9101, chat with one of our 24-hour live chat representatives or send us a website message.

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