Portsmouth Dog Bites and Dog Attacks

Portsmouth and Scioto County Dog Laws and Ordinances

Portsmouth and Scioto County Dog Laws and OrdinancesThe City of Portsmouth, Ohio and other cities and villages located in Scioto 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 Portsmouth, New Boston, Otway, Rarden, South Webster or any other city, town or village located within Scioto County. A directory of these local agencies is provided below.

Dog Bite Laws and Requirements in Portsmouth, Ohio

If you have been bitten by a dog anywhere in Portsmouth or Scioto County, seek appropriate medical treatment immediately.

The City of Portsmouth conducts regular surveillance for dogs running at large and investigates all complaints relating to dogs within the city. Anytime a dog bites a person within the City of Portsmouth, the attacks are investigated to prevent the spread of rabies.

Dog bites which are treated at a hospital are required to be reported to the Portsmouth City Health Department if they occurred within the city limits. Dog bites which are not treated at a hospital, or for which there is a further concern or need for investigation should be reported directly to the Portsmouth County Health Department at (740) 353-5153.

An dog bite could be considered a potential exposure to the rabies virus. Although rabies in humans is rare in the United States, and it is mainly a disease of wild animals – it is considered reportable to the Ohio Department of Health on a yearly basis. Because rabies is an entirely preventable disease, it is important to have your pets vaccinated. Protect both you and your pets by having them vaccinated and keeping all vaccines up-to-date.

Section 3701-3-29 of the Ohio Administrative Code states that “no owner, keeper or harborer of a dog, cat or ferret that is four (4) months of age or older shall fail to have such animal currently vaccinated against rabies by or under the supervision of a veterinarian”.

What this means is that as a dog owner you are required by the state of Ohio to have your dog vaccinated against rabies at the age of four months, and thereafter as directed by your veterinarian. The vaccine must be administered by a licensed veterinarian and cannot be bought at a local feed store, from the internet or any other independent source and given to the dog by you.

When a dog bite is reported to the Portsmouth County Health Department or Scioto County Public Health Department, the victim will first be advised to seek proper medical attention. The Health Department will then begin investigating the dog to see if it is infected with rabies.

The dog must be placed in quarantine for a minimum of 10 days from the day of the bite. While in quarantine, the dog must be isolated and enclosed in a restricted area under the dog owners control or at a pound or kennel. The dog’s owner is responsible for any costs associated with the quarantine. During the quarantine period, the dog’s owner must provide documentation which shows the dog is current with rabies vaccinations. If it is not current, the dog shall not be immunized until the initial quarantine period ends.

If the dog becomes ill, dies, is lost, or is relocated during the quarantine period, the dog’s owner is responsible to notify the Health Department immediately.

If rabies symptoms are identified during the quarantine period, the Health Department will require the dog to examined by a licensed veterinary at the expense of the dog’s owner. The dog shall remain in quarantine until it is properly vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian and documentation of the rabies vaccination is provided to the Health Department.

The Portsmouth City Health Department provides answers to these frequently asked questions relating to dog bites:

If a dog bites someone, does that mean the dog must be put to sleep?

No. The primary concern is that the dog has been properly vaccinated and shows no signs of the rabies virus and therefore has not transmitted the virus to a human or to other animals. This is done easily by confining the dog at home (or under a licensed veterinarian’s care) by prohibiting contact of the dog under your control to the public. The dog is to be confined for ten (10) days and then taken to a veterinarian for an evaluation and vaccination if required. A form will be mailed to you in the case that your dog has bitten someone and it has been reported to the Portsmouth City Health Department, this form needs to be taken to the veterinarian with the animal, filled out by the licensed vet and returned to us in a timely manner.

What will happen if a dog has not been properly vaccinated against rabies?

You must confine your dog as ordered by the Health Department for the required ten day period. After this ten day period is up, take the dog to a licensed veterinarian who will determine if your dog requires rabies vaccination. If you cannot follow these orders in a timely manner please contact the Health Department and something can be worked out to suit your needs. Failure to comply with this procedure will result in a formal legal action.

What happens after a dog is confined, vaccinated and the paperwork is sent to Health Department

The Health Department will send a letter to the person who has been bitten to notify them that there is no potential threat of rabies transmission due to the bite they have sustained. The important thing to remember is that you are responsible for your dog. In the event that it has bitten someone and you do not follow the proper procedures and the Health Department cannot verify that the dog does not have the rabies virus, the Health Department may be required to advise a person to seek a physician as to whether or not they should take the rabies post exposure vaccination which is a series of five (5) doses and can be expensive.

To see a checklist of what you should do after a dog bite, please visit this link: https://dogbitesohio.com/what-to-do-if-bitten-by-dog/

Dog Bite Questions

If you have questions about a dog attack that occurred within the City of Portsmouth, Ohio or anywhere in Scioto 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 Scioto County

Scioto County Ohio Dog LawsDog licenses must be obtained from Scioto 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 Scioto  County please call the telephone number or visit the link in the below Dog Resource Directory.

Directory of Scioto County, Ohio Dog Resources

Scioto County Public Health Department: (740) 354-3241
Portsmouth City Health Department: (740) 353-5153
Scioto County Sheriff: (740) 355-8261
Scioto County Auditor (Dog License): (740) 355-8232
Scioto County Dog Warden:  (740) 353-8802
City of Portsmouth: (740) 353-4101
Village of New Boston: (740) 456-4103

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If you, your spouse, your son, your daughter, or other loved one has been attacked and 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 Ohio dog bite attorneys. We handle dog bite cases across Ohio including Portsmouth and Scioto 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.

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