Delaware Dog Bites and Dog Attacks

Delaware City and County Dog Laws and Ordinances

Delaware County Ohio Dog Bite LawyerThe City and County of Delaware, Ohio have specific dog laws and ordinances in place that govern dogs, their behavior and the responsibilities of dog owners, keepers and harborers.

These local laws coincide with Ohio’s state-level dog laws.

There are local agencies that should be contacted when a dog attack has taken place anywhere in Delaware, Powell, Westerville, Ashley, Galena, Ostrander, Sunbury, Dublin, Shawnee Hills or any other city, town or village located within Delaware County.

A directory of these local agencies is provided below.

Delaware County, Ohio Dog Resource Directory

Delaware General Health District: (740) 368-1700
Delaware County Dog Warden: (740) 368-1915
Delaware County Sheriff Department: (740) 833-2800
Delaware County Auditor (Dog Licenses): (740) 833-2900
City of Delaware: (740) 203-1101
City of Powell: (614) 885-5380
Village of Sunbury: (740) 965-2684
Village of Shawnee Hills: (614) 889-2824
Village of Galena: (740) 965-2484
Village of Ostrander: (740) 666-8500

What To Do If Bitten By A Dog in Delaware County

Whenever a person is bitten by a dog it shall be reported to the Delaware General Health District within 24 hours of the time that the bite occurred. If a person seeks treatment for a dog bite, the report required by shall be made by the attending physician or, if such person seeks treatment at a hospital or other health care facility, such report shall be made by the hospital or other health care facility.

If the person inflicted with the bite does not consult or seek treatment from a physician or was not taken to a hospital or other health care facility, the report required shall be made by the person bitten, the parent, guardian or other responsible person in charge of the person bitten, or any other person who has knowledge of the occurrence of the bite.

The report required shall include, but is not limited to, the following:

1) The name, age, address and telephone number of the person bitten,
2) The part of the body where the bite was inflicted,
3) If known, the name, telephone number and address of the owner, keeper, harborer, or other person caring for the animal inflicting the bite,
4) The address of the location of where the bite occurred,
5) The date the bite occurred,
6) A description of the animal inflicting the bite, including but not limited to, the following:  a) type of animal,  b) breed, c) approximate size, d) color, and e) any other distinguishing characteristics.
7) Any treatment given to the bite or person bitten,
8) The number on the rabies tag of the animal,
9) The expiration date of the rabies immunization received by that animal as listed on the animal’s rabies tag.
10) If the bite occurred off premises of the owner, harborer, keeper, or other person caring for the animal, whether the bite was provoked.

Within 24 hours of receiving a report, the Delaware General Health District shall provide written order to the owner, harborer, keeper, or other person caring for the dog inflicting the bite. Such order shall state, but is not limited to stating, the following:

1) That the animal inflicting the bite shall be held in quarantine,
2) The length of the quarantine,
3) That at least one observation of the animal inflicting the bite shall be made by a representative of the Delaware General Health District or a veterinarian, and
4) That although the specified defined quarantine period may expire, the quarantine shall remain in effect until a final observation of the animal inflicting the bite is made by a representative of the Delaware General Health District or a veterinarian and additional written notice is received from the Health Commissioner acknowledging that such observation has occurred and indicating that the quarantine period has expired.

At the owner’s expense, the Delaware General Health District may require a veterinarian to examine and/or observe a suspected rabid animal for symptoms of rabies. Based on such examination and/or observations, the veterinarian shall, within 24 hours of conducting such examination and/or observation, submit a written report to the Health Commissioner of his or her examination and/or observation of the suspected rabid animal.


Whenever any dog is reported to the Delaware County General Health District, such dog shall be quarantined under an order issued by the Health District. The dog shall be quarantined by its owner, keeper, or harborer or shall be quarantined in a pound or kennel. In all cases, said quarantine shall be under the supervision of the Health District and shall be at the expense of the owner, keeper, or harborer.

Quarantine shall continue until the Health District determines and is satisfied that the dog is not afflicted with rabies. The quarantine period hereby required shall not be less than ten days from the date of the report to the Health District. If at any time during the quarantine, the Health District requires the dog to be examined for symptoms of rabies, then an examination of such animal shall be conducted.

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

Answers To Questions

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

Delaware County Dog License

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

For more information about dog licenses in Delaware County and locations throughout the county where dog licenses can be obtained including online purchasing options, please visit this link:  Delaware County Dog Licensing

Contact Us For Help After a Dog Attack

If you, your child, your spouse or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, we’re standing by to take your call. 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 now and in the future.

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