Current Definitions of Vicious, Dangerous and Nuisance Dogs in Ohio

Reports of serious dog attacks on humans are making news in Ohio and getting response from residents, some who are turning to their local government for help. There are 70 to 80 million dogs in the U.S. and more than 4.5 million dog bites each year with about 885,000 of those bite victims requiring medical attention, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The Ohio … [Read more...]

Overview of Recent Vicious Dogs Attacks in Ohio

If you were to research dog attacks in Ohio, reviewing just the last two and one half years in various corners of the state, how many incidents do you think you would find? Five? Ten? How about more than 20? A total of 21 incidents involved 26 people and were dog attacks serious enough to draw news media attention. Even more tragic, six people died from multiple dog bites, four of them … [Read more...]

Are Pit Bulls Unfairly Being Designated as Vicious?

More than two years ago Ohio eliminated breed-specific legislation. The new laws automatically label certain dogs as “vicious” or “dangerous” regardless of breed. However, more than 75 cities and towns in Ohio have maintained or have adopted ordinances governing the ownership of what is commonly known as the pit bull. In 28 Ohio communities, pit bulls are totally banned. In an additional 43, … [Read more...]

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