Cincinnati Dog Bites and Dog Attacks

Cincinnati and Hamilton County Dog Laws and Ordinances

Cincinnati and Hamilton County Dog Laws and OrdinancesIn addition to Ohio laws governing dogs and the responsibilities of dog owners, the City of Cincinnati, Ohio and Hamilton County have specific dog laws and ordinances in place for the safety of the public.

Local agencies must be contacted when a dog attack has taken place anywhere in Cincinnati, Madeira, Mt. Healthy, Loveland, Blue Ash, St. Bernard, Deer Park, Indian Hill, Forest Park, Reading, Norwood or any other city, town or village located within Hamilton County. A directory of these Hamilton County agencies and local governments is provided at the bottom of this page.

Dog Bites in The Cincinnati, Ohio Area

If you have been bitten by a dog anywhere in Cincinnati or Hamilton 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 the Hamilton County Health Department by calling (513) 946-7800 if you live in Hamilton County outside the cities of Cincinnati, Norwood and Springdale. If you live within the city limits of Cincinnati, you should contact the City of Cincinnati Health Department at (513) 357-7200. If you live within the city limits of Norwood , you should contact the Norwood Health Department at (513) 458-4600. If you live within the city limits of Springdale, contact the Springdale Health Department at (513) 346-5725.

We’ve assembled a complete checklist of what to do after a dog bite. To view our dog bite checklist please visit this link:

Questions About Dog Bites

If you have questions about a dog bite that occurred within Cincinnati or anywhere else in Hamilton County, please do not hesitate to contact us and discuss the attack at no cost and without any obligation to hire our law firm. 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 by calling 1-888-998-9101, chatting with one of our live chat representatives or sending us a website message.

Nuisance, Dangerous and Vicious Dogs in Cincinnati

City of Cincinnati, Ohio Dog Bite LawsBelow is a brief overview of Cincinnati, Ohio laws related to nuisance, dangerous and vicious dogs. To review the complete set of Cincinnati codes and ordinances relating to dogs, their behavior and the responsibilities of dog owners, please visit the following link:  Cincinnati, Ohio Code of Ordinances

If a police officer believes a dog to be a nuisance dog, dangerous dog or vicious dog, the police officer will notify the dog owner, harborer or keeper either in-person or by certified mail. If the owner, harborer or keeper of the dog doesn’t agree that his or her dog should be designated as nuisance, dangerous or vicious, a hearing can be requested in writing with the municipal court or county court having jurisdiction within 10 days from when the notification is received from the police officer. At the court hearing, the person who designated the dog as a nuisance dog, dangerous dog or vicious has the burden of proving by clear and convincing evidence that the dog should be designated as such. The decision by the court can be appealed.

When a dog is designated as nuisance, dangerous or vicious, it’s the responsibility of the dog owner, keeper or harborer to securely confine the dog on his or her premises at all times in a locked pen, a fenced yard with a lock or other type of locked enclosed with a top.

If the dog is taken off the premises of the owner, harborer or keeper, it must be muzzled and on a suitable leash or tether and under the control of someone who can properly handle the dog.

Owners, keepers or harborers of any dog that has been designated as dangerous or vicious must obtain liability insurance in an amount not less than $100,000.00 with an insurer authorized to write liability insurance in Ohio and provide proof of that liability insurance upon request to any law enforcement officer, dog warden, or public health official.

A dangerous dog registration certificate must be obtained from the Hamilton County Auditor and a tag must be affixed to the dog’s collar that identifies the dog as a dangerous or vicious. The dangerous dog registration certificate must be presented upon request to any law enforcement officer, dog warden, or public health official.

If the dog ever becomes loose or unconfined, the dog warden must be notified immediately. If the dog bites someone the dog warden must also be notified immediately, unless the person who is bitten is unlawfully trespassing or committing a criminal act within the boundaries of the owner’s, keeper’s or harborer’s property.

If the dog is sold, given to another person, or dies, the Hamilton County Auditor must be notified within ten days.

A Cincinnati law recently enacted holds dog owners financially accountable for dog bites by allowing civil fines of up to $15,000. The law allows police to cite dog owners with fines of up to $5,000 the first time and up to $15,000 for repeat offenses. Dog owners also can be fined if dogs run unattended, aren’t kept on leashes or attempt to bite someone.

Hamilton County Dog Licenses

Hamilton County Ohio Dog LawsA Hamilton County dog license is required by law. Every dog over the age of three months must have a valid dog license by January 31st of every year. After that date, the price of a dog license doubles. Failure to purchase a license for your dog or failure to display the license tag on the dog before the January 31st deadline can also result in a citation and a monetary fine.

Dog licenses help the dog return to its home in the event it becomes lost. The fees generated from dog licenses fund Hamilton County animal control services.

For additional information about dog licenses in Hamilton County including frequently asked dog license questions and locations throughout the county where dog licenses can be obtained, please visit this link:

Directory of Hamilton County, Ohio Dog Resources

Hamilton County Health Department:  (513) 946-7800
City of Cincinnati Health Department: (513) 357-7200
City of Norwood Health Department: (513) 458-4600
City of Springdale Health Department: (513) 346-5725
SPCA Cincinnati: (513) 541-6100
City of Cincinnati: (513) 765-1212
City of Blue Ash: (513) 745-8500
City of Cheviot: (513) 661-2700
City of Deer Park: (513) 791-8056
City of Fairfield: (513) 867-5300
City of Forest Park: (513) 595-5200
City of Harrison: (513) 367-2111
Village of Indian Hill: (513) 561-6500
City of Loveland: (513) 683-0150
City of Madeira: (513) 561-7228
City of Milford: (513) 831-4192
City of Montgomery: (513) 985-1600
City of Mount Healthy: (513) 931-8840
City of North College Hill: (513) 521-7171
City of Norwood: (513) 458-4500
City of Reading: (513) 733-3725
City of Sharonville: (513) 563-1147
City of Silverton: (513) 936-6240
City of Springdale: (513) 346-5700
City of St. Bernard: (513) 242-7770
City of Wyoming: (513) 821-7600

Available to Discuss Your Dog Attack 24/7/365

If you or a family member has been injured 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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