Marysville Dog Bites and Dog Attacks

Marysville and Union County Dog Laws and Ordinances

Marysville Ohio and Union County Dog Laws and OrdinancesThe City of Marysville, Ohio and other cities and villages located in Union County have laws and ordinances in place to protect citizens and visitors from dog attacks and injuries. These laws and ordinances coincide with Ohio laws governing dogs, their behavior and the responsibilities of dog owners, harborers and keepers.

Local government agencies need to be contacted when a dog attack has taken place anywhere in Marysville, Dublin, Magnetic Springs, Milford Center, Plain City, Richwood, Unionville Center  or any other city, town or village located within Union County. A directory of these local agencies is provided below.

Requirements and Procedures Related To Dog Bites

As stated on the Union County Health Department website, if you’re bitten by a dog, or your dog bites someone, you are required by law to report the bite. Here is an outline of the dog bite process in Union County:

All dog bites shall be reported within 24 hours to the Union County Health Department. If a dog bite victim seeks medical attention, these dog bites will be automatically reported to the appropriate authorities.

Once the dog bite has occurred, the victim, dog owner, medical officer, or another responsible party should fill out a dog bite report form. All information should be filled in. If some information is unknown, be sure contact information for all parties involved is included. The Union County Health Department will try to fill in the missing information.

The Union County Health Department Dog Bite Report Form can be accessed via this link: Dog Bite Report Form

Letters will be sent to the dog owner informing them of the next requirements. The dog owner will be required to place their dog under a 10-day (minimum) quarantine. They will also need to show proof of a current rabies vaccination.


The dog must be restrained at all times it is not in the home. Socialization outside immediate family members is not permissible. The dog should be housed separately from other household pets.

Rabies Vaccination

If the dog is not current on its shots, a rabies vaccination will be required AFTER the 10-day quarantine period. Do not administer the vaccination during the quarantine period. The rabies vaccination must be administered by a licensed veterinarian. If the dog is current on its vaccination prior to the bite incident, proof of the vaccination will be required. Acceptable means of proof are a form filled out by a veterinarian, copy of certificate of vaccination, or a copy of the animal’s record from their veterinarian.

The Union County Health Department Veterinarian Rabies Report Form can be accessed via this link: Veterinarian Rabies Report Form

Follow-Up Visit

Once the 10-day quarantine period has passed the dog must be seen by either an Union County Health Department employee or a veterinarian. If the vaccination is current, the vet form is filled out after the 10-day period and the dog was actually taken to the vet’s office, then the signature on the form signifies the animal is healthy and the animal is released from quarantine.

If the dog is not seen by a vet, please call (937) 642-2053 to set up an appointment for a Union County Health Department (UCHD) employee to visit the dog. The employee will come to you and it only takes a few minutes. Any paperwork that may be required (such as proof of vaccination) can be turned in during this visit.

Once proof of vaccination is shown, the dog is viewed, and the quarantine period has passed, the dog is free to resume its normal routine. Failure to follow the procedures can result in prosecution.

Any dog that dies within the 10-day quarantine period, whether naturally or intentionally shall have its head submitted to the Ohio Department of Health laboratories. The UCHD shall transport the head. The removal of the head is the owner’s responsibility. UCHD can provide information if this service is needed.

To see a complete checklist of what you should do after a dog bite, please visit this link:

Rabies Prevention in Union County

Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes.

The rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death. The early symptoms of rabies in people are similar to that of many other illnesses, including fever, headache, and general weakness or discomfort. As the disease progresses, more specific symptoms appear and may include insomnia, anxiety, confusion, slight or partial paralysis, excitation, hallucinations, agitation, hypersalivation (increase in saliva), difficulty swallowing, and hydrophobia (fear of water). Death usually occurs within days of the onset of these symptoms.

One of the best way to protect your family from rabies is to vaccinate your pets. Community rabies vaccination clinics are held each May in Union County at a variety of locations. These clinics offer low-cost, one-year rabies vaccinations for cats and dogs 4 months of age and older. The clinics are made possible through a partnership between the Union County Health Department, the Union County Humane Society, and local Union County veterinarians who generously donate their time.

The Union County Board of Health adopted a Rabies Prevention & Protection Regulation for Union County, Ohio. As part of the regulation, any person who owns, keeps, or harbors a dog or ferret in Union County shall have that animal currently immunized against rabies. Any person who owns a cat in Union County shall have that animal under control. In the event of a rabies outbreak the Health Department may order the humane destruction of any unvaccinated dog, cat or ferret, and may immediately require the mandatory vaccination of all owned and harbored cats.

Dog Bite Questions

If you have questions about a dog attack that occurred within the City of Marysville, Ohio or anywhere in Union 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 attack.

We’re available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day including holidays by calling 1-888-998-9101, chatting with one of our live chat representatives or sending us a website message.

Licensing a Dog in Union County

Union County Ohio Dog Bite LawyerA dog license is required for all dogs over 3 months of age per Ohio Revised Code 955. A dog’s owner, keeper or harborer must get a license immediately upon acquiring a new dog. You may get a license for a puppy when you bring them home at 8 weeks of age, but you aren’t required to get that license until before the puppy reaches 12 weeks of age. Since 2013 there are now multi-year licenses including 3 year and permanent licenses for dogs. The most common tag issued in Union County is still the one year dog license. Kennel licenses are an option for businesses engaged in breeding and selling dogs for profit.

Failure to license your dog can result in penalties doubling the cost of your dog license and citations that cost more for one single violation than what it would cost for a permanent license for that dog.

Dog license monies go directly into the Dog and Kennel Fund which is solely used for funding the enforcement of Ohio Revised Code 955 and for housing and caring for the dogs that come into the shelter. Dog license funds are also required to be used to pay for claims on livestock killed or injured by dogs as long as the farmer has their dogs licensed.

Dog license numbers are used by the Dog Warden, Emergency Management and the Health Departments to calculate needs in the event of a health emergency or a natural or man made disaster.

Dog licenses are the best and least expensive insurance a dog owner can ever purchase. Dog licenses are great identification. By law, a Dog Warden is required to hold licensed dogs for a minimum of 14 days and to contact the owner of a dog wearing a dog license to report that their dog is safe in the shelter. Unlicensed dogs can be adopted as strays after just 3 days.

For more information about dog licenses in Union County including where to purchase a dog license please call the telephone number listed in the below Dog Resource Directory or visit this link: Union County Dog License

Directory of Union County, Ohio Dog Resources

Union County Health Department: (937) 642-2053
Union County Sheriff: (937) 645-4110
Union County Auditor (Dog License): (937) 645-3003
Union County Dog Warden: (937) 645-3016
City of Marysville: (937) 645-7300

Standing By When You Need Us

If you, your spouse, your son, your daughter, or other loved one has been attacked and bitten by a dog, we are standing by at all time. Please contact us day or night for a free consultation with one of our experienced Ohio dog bite attorneys. We handle dog bite cases across Ohio including Marysville and Union County. When you reach out to us, you’ll learn what you need to know and what you need to do after a dog bite to protect yourself, your family and your future.

Please call us regardless of the time 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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