Sandusky Dog Bites and Dog Attacks

Sandusky and Erie County Dog Laws and Ordinances

Sandusky, Ohio and Erie County Dog Laws and OrdinancesThe City of Sandusky, Ohio along with other cities and villages located in Erie County have dog laws and ordinances in place to protect people from dog attacks and injuries. These dog laws and ordinances are in addition to the Ohio laws that govern dogs, their behavior and the responsibilities of their owners, harborers and keepers.

When a dog attack has taken place anywhere in Sandusky, Huron, Vermilion, Bellevue, Kelleys Island, Milan, Berlin Heights, Bay View, Castalia or any other city, town or village located within Erie County, there are local agencies that must be contacted. A directory of these Erie County local agencies is provided below.

Dog Bites in Sandusky and Erie County, Ohio

The first step to take if you have been bitten by a dog anywhere in Erie County is to seek professional medical treatment immediately.

Once you, your child, your spouse or your loved one has received the necessary medical attention, it’s important to contact the Erie County Health Department and the Erie County Dog Warden. Links to each of these governmental agencies’ websites along with their telephone numbers are listed below in the Directory of Erie County, Ohio Dog Resources.

In order to protect the general public, the Erie County Health Department requires any dog that has bitten someone to be placed under quarantine and observed for a period of 10 days for signs and symptoms of rabies. After the quarantine period, the dog’s owner must supply proof of rabies vaccination in order for the quarantine to be lifted.

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

Questions About Dog Bites

If you have any questions about a dog attack that occurred within the City of Sandusky or anywhere in Erie County, please contact us at your convenience to discuss the dog attack and the injuries sustained in the attack at no cost and without any obligation whatsoever. This is called a free consultation and we provide people with free consultations everyday.

We are happy to answer all your questions and provide you with the professional legal guidance that’s usually needed after a dog bite incident.

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.

Local Laws Relating to Vicious and Dangerous Dogs

City of Sandusky Ohio Dog OrdinanceThe City of Sandusky, Ohio Codified Ordinances state that with certain exceptions, any dog that chases a person, attempts to bite someone, endangers a person, approaches someone in a menacing fashion or kills or injuries a person can be killed at the time of that chasing, attempt to bite, endangerment, approach, killing or injury.

The owner, keeper or harborer of a dog is liable for any injury, death or loss to a person or any property caused by his or her dog unless the injury, death or loss was caused by someone who was committing or attempting to commit a trespass or other type of criminal offense on the property of the dog’s owner, keeper or harborer or was committing or attempting to commit a criminal offense against any person, or was teasing, tormenting or abusing the dog on the owner’s, keeper’s or harborer’s property.

Designating a Dog as Dangerous

The Sandusky Chief of Police or designee or the Animal Control Officer determines whether a dog is dangerous upon proof by a preponderance of the evidence of any of the following:

(1)   Without provocation, the dog has chased or approached any person or domestic animal in either a menacing fashion or in an apparent attitude of attack;
(2)   Without provocation, the dog has attempted to bite any person; or
(3)   Without provocation, the dog has bitten or otherwise endangered any animal, or companion animal.

Designating a Dog as Vicious

The Sandusky Chief of Police or designee or the Animal Control Officer determines whether a dog is vicious upon proof by a preponderance of the evidence of any of the following:

(1)   Without provocation, the dog has killed or caused physical harm to any person; or
(2)   Without provocation, the dog has killed any animal, or companion animal.

If the Sandusky Chief of Police or designee or the Animal Control Officer determines that a dangerous or vicious dog is being kept within the City of Sandusky, the individual, firm or corporation of record in the Auditor’s Office of Erie County will be served a written notice.

The notice shall be served either in person or by certified mail. The notice shall state the findings with respect to the dangerous or vicious nature of the dog .  The notice shall further state that the owner must comply within thirty days after service of the notice and list the owner’s right to appeal.

Police dogs are exempt from being designated as dangerous or vicious for all actions occurring in the course of their official duties.

For complete details and requirements relating to dangerous dogs and vicious dogs in the City of Sandusky, please visit this link:  City of Sandusky, Ohio Codified Ordinances

Erie County Dog License

Dog licenses must be obtained from Erie 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 Erie County including current costs and a list of agency locations where a dog license can be purchased, please visit this link: Licensing a Dog in Erie County, Ohio

Directory of Erie County, Ohio Dog Resources

Erie County Department of Health: (419) 626-5623
Erie County Dog Warden: (419) 627-7607
City of Sandusky: (419) 627-5870
City of Vermilion: (440) 967-6116
City of Huron: (419) 433-4114
City of Bellevue: (419) 483-4444
Village of Kelleys Island: (419) 746-2735
Village of Bay View: (419) 684-5315
Village of Berlin Heights: (419) 588-2055
Village of Milan: (419) 499-2001

We Are Here When You Need Us

If you, your son, your daughter, your spouse or another loved one has been attacked and injured by a dog, we are ready 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 and your future.

Please call us 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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