Under certain circumstances, a dog may be lawfully killed in Ohio in order to protect a person or animal. Under Ohio law, a dog may be killed if it does any of the following:
(1) Chases a person.
(2) Approaches a person in a menacing fashion.
(3) Bites or attempts to bite a person.
(4) Injures or kills a person.
A dog may also be killed if it chases, threatens, harasses, injures, or kills livestock, poultry, or other animal that is the property of a person. This rule, however, does not apply if the dog does any of the above to a cat or another dog. In such circumstances, the dog may not be lawfully killed.
Ohio law further provides that if a person attempts to kill a dog under lawful circumstances and only wounds the dog, the person will not be liable to prosecution.
Notwithstanding the above rules, law enforcement officers may kill any dog that attacks a police dog.
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