St. Clairsville Dog Bites and Dog Attacks

St. Clairsville and Belmont County Dog Laws

St. Clairsville Ohio Dog Bite LawyerThe City of St. Clairsville, Ohio and the other cities, towns and villages located in Belmont County have laws and ordinances in place to protect people from dog attacks, bites and injuries. These dog laws and ordinances coincide with Ohio laws governing dog owners, harborers and keepers along with dog behavior.

Local government agencies need to be contacted when a dog attack has taken place anywhere in St. Clairsville, Martins Ferry, Barnesville, Brookside, Yorkville, Wilson, Shadyside, Flushing, Fairview, Bethesda, Belmont, Bridgeport, Holloway, Morrsitown, Powhatan Point or any other city, town or village located within Belmont County. A directory of these local agencies is provided below.

Belmont County Dog Bite Requirements

If you have been bitten by a dog in St. Clairsville, Martins Ferry or anywhere in Belmont County, it’s important to seek the necessary and appropriate level of medical treatment immediately.

When a person is bitten by a dog in Belmont County, a report must be filed with the Belmont County Health Department within 24 hours. The owner, harborer or keeper of the dog involved in a bite must quarantine the animal for a period of no less than 10 days from the date when the person was bitten. At the end of the quarantine period the dog must be examined by a licensed veterinarian for any symptoms of rabies.

To download and print the Belmont County Health Department Animal Bite Report Form, please visit this link:  Board of Health Belmont County Animal Bite Report Form

For additional information, the telephone number and link to the Belmont County Health Department’s website are provided below in the Belmont County Directory of Dog Resources.

We’ve also put together a comprehensive checklist of what you should do after a dog bite. To see this checklist please visit this link:

Dog Bite Questions

If you have questions about a dog attack that occurred within the City of St. Clairsville, Ohio, City of Martins Ferry or anywhere in Belmont 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.

Dog Licensing in Belmont County

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Dog Licenses

The Belmont County Auditor has put together the following frequently asked questions about dog licensing along with the answers to these questions:

When should I License my dog?
The annual license renewal period is December 1 – January 31. If you have a new puppy, you must buy a license by the time he or she reaches three months old.
If you have just moved to Belmont County, or if you just acquired a new dog, you must purchase a license.

Where do I purchase a dog license?
You can purchase a license by mail. Call 740-699-2131 for an application. You can also purchase a license in person at the Auditors Office, Courthouse, 101 W. Main Street, St. Clairsville, Ohio 43950, at the local animal shelter, or at one of our neighborhood agents. Call 740-699-2131 for details.

Must my dog wear a license?
YES. Ohio law requires it, and dogs without a license may be impounded by the dog warden.

Why do I need to license my dog?
First, Ohio Law requires that you license your dog. Second, a license tag attached to your dog’s collar proves ownership and is your pets ticket home if he gets lost.

What If I forget to buy my dog’s license during the renewal period of December 1 – January 31?
Ohio law requires a late fee (currently $12.00 in Belmont County). Simply pay the fee of $24.00 for the current years License. The late fee for a kennel is $60.00 for a total fee of $120.00. There are no provisions in the law to waive the fee.

Can I let my dog run loose If he Is licensed?
NO! It is against the law. Ohio law specifies that all dogs must be confined to your property or under reasonable control – such as on a leash when being walked. It is not safe to let your dog roam the neighborhood. He can get hit by a car, become lost, damage a neighbors’ property, or injure another animal or person.

What if I move?
If you move within Belmont County, please call 740-699-2131 with your new address and telephone number so we can keep the information up-to-date. If you move to another county, call that county’s Auditor for license information.

What if I no longer own a dog?
If you no longer own the dog, please call the office at 740-699-2131 so your name may be removed from the list.

For more information about dog licenses in Belmont County please call the Belmont County Auditor’s Office via the telephone number or visit the link in the below Dog Resource Directory.

Belmont County, Ohio Dog Resources Directory

Belmont County Public Health Department: (740) 695-1202
Belmont County Sheriff: (740) 695-7933
Belmont County Auditor (Dog License): (740) 699-2130
Belmont County Animal Shelter and Dog Warden: (740) 695-4708
City of St. Clairsville: (740) 695-0123
City of Martins Ferry: (740) 633-2121

Victims of Dog Bites in Belmont County

If you, your spouse, your partner, your child 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 St. Clairsville, Martins Ferry and Belmont 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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