Cleveland Dog Bites and Dog Attacks

Cleveland and Cuyahoga County Dog Laws and Ordinances

cleveland ohio and cuyahoga county dog bitesThe City of Cleveland, Ohio and Cuyahoga County have dog laws and ordinances that govern dog behavior and dog ownership to protect residents of the city and the county. These laws are in addition to Ohio laws related to dogs and their owners, harborers and keepers.

When a dog attack has taken place anywhere in Cleveland, Parma, Solon, Shaker Heights, Lakewood, Olmsted Falls, Rocky River, Strongsville, Independence, North Royalton, Lyndhurst, University Heights, Euclid, Berea, Garfield Heights, Westlake, Bay Village or any other city, town or village located within Cuyahoga County, local agencies must be contacted.  A directory of these Cuyahoga County agencies is provided below.

If you or someone you love 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 Cleveland, Ohio dog bite lawyers. We’ll answer your questions and explain what you need to do and what you need to know after a dog bite incident to protect yourself, your family and your future.

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Dogs That Pose A Threat To The Cleveland Community

In Cleveland, any dog that poses a threat to the community is labeled as either a Level-One Threat Dog or a Level-Two Threat Dog. Here’s a brief overview of each of these classifications:

A Level-One Threat Dog is a dog that:
1.  Without provocation, has chased or approached a person in a menacing fashion, has an apparent attitude of attack or has attempted to bite.
2.  Without provocation, repeatedly has exhibited a propensity, tendency or disposition to attack or threaten the safety of either humans or domestic animals.
3.  Has been impounded by the Cleveland Animal Control Officer on three separate occasions within a twelve month period for being unrestrained or uncontrolled while off its owner’s, harborer’s or keeper’s property.

A Level One Threat Dog does not include a police dog while that police dog is being used to assist police officers in their official duties.

A Level-Two Threat Dog is a dog that:
1.  Without provocation, has killed or caused serious injury to a person or a domestic animal.

City of Cleveland Ohio Dog Laws and OrdinancesA Level-Two Threat Dog does not include a police dog while that police dog is being used to assist police officers in their official duties or a dog that has killed or caused serious injury to a person or domestic animal while that person or domestic animal was committing or attempting to commit a criminal trespass or other type of criminal offence on the property of the dog’s owner, keeper or harborer.

A dog declared to be Level-One or Level-Two or labeled as Vicious under Ohio Law shall be tattooed or micro-chipped and spayed or neutered. The expense shall be the responsibility of the dog’s owner, harborer or keeper.

Owners, keepers or harborers of dogs deemed as Level-One or Level-Two shall obtain an insurance policy providing coverage for each occurrence of not less than $100,000 for damage or bodily injury caused by their dog. A copy of the insurance policy must be provided to the City of Cleveland Animal Control Officer on a yearly basis.

Owners, keepers or harborers of dogs deemed as Level-One or Level-Two need to post and display at each entrance onto their premises a conspicuous warning sign that is easy to read. The sign shall be at eight inches by ten inches in rectangular dimensions with the applicable words displayed “LEVEL-ONE THREAT DOG” or “LEVEL-TWO THREAT DOG” with letters that are at least two inches in height. The sign should also include a symbol for anyone who cannot read words.

Restrictions for Level 1 and Level 2 Dogs While ON Their Owner’s Property

If a dog is determined to be either a Level 1 or Level 2 threat and while on the premises of the dog’s owner, keeper or harborer, the dog must be securely confined indoors or in a locked pen which has a secure top. This type of structure must be suitable to prevent young children from entering and designed to prevent the dog from escaping. The dog may also be kept in a fenced yard which fence is at least six foot high.

Restrictions for Level 1 and Level 2 Dogs While OFF Their Owner’s Property

If a dog is determined to be either a Level 1 or Level 2 threat and while off the premises of the dog’s owner, keeper or harborer, the dog must be kept on a substantial collar and leash not exceeding six feet in length. In addition, the dog must be kept in a locked pen which has a top, a locked fenced yard where the fence is at least six feet high or other type of locked enclosure which has a top. If the dog is brought out of the secure enclosure or pen, it must be on a leash and muzzled. The leash must be controlled by a person who is at least eighteen years of age or the leash must be securely attached to the ground or stationary object so that the dog is restrained with the person in close enough proximity to the dog so as to prevent it from causing injury to a person.

To view all the information and requirements for dogs that pose a threat to the public, please visit this link: City of Cleveland, Ohio Code of Ordinances, Chapter 604.

What Happens When A Dog Bites in City of Cleveland

When someone is bitten by a dog within the City of Cleveland a report must be made to the Commissioner of Environmental Health within twenty-four (24) hours.

At the direction of the Commissioner of Environmental Health, the dog shall either be confined by its owner, harborer or keeper to his or her premises away from the public or be placed under supervision of a veterinarian at the owner’s or harborer’s expense.

The quarantine period shall not be less than ten days from the date the person was bitten. After this period of time a report of the condition of the dog shall be made to the Commissioner of Environmental Health.

Cuyahoga County Dog License

cuyahoga county dog laws and ordinancesCuyahoga County requires every dog three months old and older to be licensed.

There are three options for purchasing a dog license. An annual license can be purchased and needs to be renewed every year. Cuyahoga County also offers a three year license and a permanent dog license.

To view the current costs and fees associated with each type of dog license along with frequently asked questions and answers, please visit the following link:

Cuyahoga County makes it convenient to purchase and renew dog licenses via the Cuyahoga County Fiscal Officer’s website. To obtain a new dog license or renew an existing dog license online, please visit this link:

Rabies Prevention in Cuyahoga County

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health requires that all dogs be vaccinated against the rabies virus when they turn 4 months old. Dogs are required to be issued a rabies vaccination tag or microchip after receiving the rabies vaccination at a local area veterinary office or clinic.

Protecting dogs against rabies creates an effective barrier between potentially disease-carrying wild animals and humans.

Dog Bites in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, Ohio

If you have been attacked and bitten by a dog anywhere in Cuyahoga 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 Cuyahoga County Board of Health.

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

Directory of Cuyahoga County, Ohio Dog Resources

Cuyahoga County Board of Health: (216) 201-2000
City of Cleveland Department of Public Health: (216) 664-4280
Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter: (216) 525-7877
City of Cleveland Animal Control: (216) 664-3069
City of Bay Village: (440) 871-2200
City of Beachwood: (216) 464-1070
City of Bedford: (440) 232-1600
City of Bedford Heights: (440) 786-3200
City of Berea: (440) 826-5800
City of Brecksville: (440) 526-4351
City of Broadview Heights: (440) 526-4357
City of Brook Park: (216) 433-1300
City of Brooklyn: (216) 351-2133
City of Cleveland: (216) 664-2000
City of Cleveland Heights: (216) 291-4444
City of East Cleveland: (216) 681-2208
City of Euclid: (216) 289-2700
City of Fairview Park: (440) 356-4415
City of Garfield Heights: (216) 475-1100
City of Highland Heights: (440) 442-8825
City of Independence: (216) 524-7373
City of Lakewood: (216) 521-6773
City of Lyndhurst: (440) 442-5777
City of Maple Heights: (216) 662-6000
City of Mayfield Heights: (440) 442-2626
City of Middleburg Heights: (440) 234-8811
City of North Olmsted: (440) 777-3535
City of North Royalton: (440) 237-5686
City of Olmsted Falls: (440) 235-5550
City of Parma: (440) 885-8000
City of Parma Heights: (440) 884-9600
City of Pepper Pike: (216) 831-8500
City of Richmond Heights: (216) 486-1234
City of Rocky River: (440) 331-0600
City of Seven Hills: (216) 524-4421
City of Shaker Heights: (216) 491-1400
City of Solon: (440) 248-1155
City of South Euclid: (216) 381-0400
City of Strongsville: (440) 580-3180
City of University Heights: (216) 932-7800
City of Warrensville Heights: (216) 587-6500
City of Westlake: (440) 871-3300

When a Dog Attack Happens in Cleveland or Cuyahoga County, We’ve Got Answers

If you need answers for questions about a dog attack and bite that took place within the City of Cleveland or anywhere in Cuyahoga County, please contact us to discuss the attack.

We will answer your questions and give you with the guidance most people need after a dog attack. All our initial consultations are free. There is no cost whatsoever and you are under no obligation to hire our law firm.

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