Wooster Dog Bites and Dog Attacks

Wooster and Wayne County Dog Laws

Wooster Ohio and Wayne County Dog Bite LawyerThe City of Wooster, Ohio and Wayne County have dog laws and ordinances in place to govern dogs, dog behavior and the responsibilities of dog owners, keepers and harborers.

These local level laws coincide with Ohio’s laws related to dogs.

There are local agencies that should be contacted when a dog attack has taken place anywhere in Wooster, Orrville, Rittman, Norton, Shreve, Burbank, Doylestown, Creston, Apple Creek, Fredericksburg, Dalton, Marshallville, West Salem or any other city, town or village located within Wayne County.

A directory of these local agencies is provided below.

Wayne County, Ohio Dog Resource Directory

Wayne County Health Department: (330) 264-9590
Wayne County Dog Warden: (330) 287-5705
Wayne County Sheriff Department: (330) 287-5750
Wayne County Auditor (Dog Licenses): (330) 287-5430
City of Wooster: (330) 287-5720
City of Orrville: (330) 684-5025
City of Norton: (330) 825-2491
City Of Rittman: (330) 925-8040

Report Dog Bite Incidents in Wayne County

All dog bites should be reported to the Wayne County Health Department within 24 hours of the incident. The Wayne County Health Department is open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

If a dog bite incident occurs after normal business hours, you should contact the Wayne County Sheriff Department. Contact information for both the Health Department and the Sheriff Department is provided above in the Wayne County Dog Resource Directory.

When reporting a dog bite, the Wayne County Health Department Bite Report Form should be used. To download this form, please click on this link: BITE REPORT FORM

Dog Bite Instructions

In addition to reporting the dog bite incident, the Wayne County Health Department provides the following instructions:

1. Immediately wash the wound with lots of soap and water.

2. See your doctor and follow their recommendations.

Once a dog bite incident report is filed with the Wayne County Health Department, the owner of the dog is notified of quarantine requirements. Once the quarantine period is over, a licensed veterinarian must examine the dog to verify the dog’s health and rabies vaccination.

For more tips on what you should do if bitten by a dog, we put together a checklist to follow. View this dog bite checklist by visiting the following link: Dog Bite Checklist

Wooster Requirements for Dangerous Dogs

The City of Wooster requires the owner, harborer or keeper of a dangerous dog to comply with the following:

1. While that dog is on the premises of the owner, keeper or harborer, securely confine it at all times in a building, in a locked pen that has a top, locked fenced yard or other locked enclosure that has a top.

2. While that dog is off the premises of the owner, keeper or harborer, keep that dog on a chain-link leash or tether that is not more than six feet in length and additionally do at least one of the following: Keep that dog in a locked pen that has a top, locked fenced yard or other locked enclosure that has a top; Have the leash or tether controlled by a person who is of suitable age and discretion or securely attach, tie or affix the leash or tether to the ground or stationary object or fixture so that the dog is adequately restrained and station such a person in close enough proximity to that dog so as to prevent it from causing injury to any person; Muzzle that dog.

3. No owner, keeper or harborer of a dangerous dog shall fail to do the following: Obtain liability insurance with an insurer authorized to write liability insurance in this State providing coverage in each occurrence because of damage or bodily injury to or death of a person caused by the dangerous dog if so ordered by a court and provide proof of that liability insurance upon request to any law enforcement officer, County Dog Warden, or public health official charged with enforcing this section; Obtain a dangerous dog registration certificate from the County Auditor pursuant to Ohio R.C. 955.22(I), affix a tag that identifies the dog as a dangerous dog to the dog ’s collar, and ensure that the dog wears the collar and tag at all times; Notify the local Dog Warden immediately if the dog is loose or unconfined; the dog bites a person, unless the dog is on the property of the owner of the dog , and the person who is bitten is unlawfully trespassing or committing a criminal act within the boundaries of that property; the dog attacks another animal while the dog is off the property of the owner of the dog .

4. If the dog is sold, given to another person, or dies, notify the County Auditor within ten days of the sale, transfer or death.

Whoever violates the above is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree on a first offense and of a misdemeanor of the third degree on each subsequent offense. Additionally, the court may order the offender to personally supervise the dangerous dog that the offender owns, keeps or harbors, to cause that dog to complete dog obedience training, or to do both, and the court may order the offender to obtain liability insurance pursuant to subsection (b) hereof. The court, in the alternative, may order the dangerous dog to be humanely destroyed by a licensed veterinarian, the Dog Warden or the humane society at the owner’s expense.

For additional details on the City of Wooster’s dog ordinances, please visit the following link: City of Wooster, Ohio Codified Ordinances

Get Your Questions Answered

If you have questions about a dog attack that occurred within Wooster, Orrville, Norton, Rittman  or anywhere in Wayne 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 bite incident.

We’re available every day of the week at all times of the day, including weekends and holidays by calling 1-888-998-9101, chatting with one of our live chat representatives or sending us a website message.

Wayne County Dog License

Wayne County Ohio dog laws and ordinancesOhio law requires any dog over the age of three (3) months to have a license within 30 days of ownership. Any license purchased after 30 days of ownership, or renewed after the annual renewal period between December 1 through January 31 must include a penalty equal to the cost of the license.

If you move to Wayne County from another county within Ohio Wayne County will honor the license until it is expired. However, if you move here from another state you are required to purchase a license immediately upon arrival. If you wait more than 30 days, Wayne County is required to charge a penalty equal to the license fee.

For more information about dog licenses in Wayne County and locations throughout the county where dog licenses can be obtained including online purchasing options, please visit this link: Wayne County Dog Licensing

Contact Us For Help

If you or someone you love has been bitten by a dog, we’re available at all times to take your call or message. 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 now and in the future.

Our free consultations are just that – free. There is no time limit on these consultations and there is no cost to you whatsoever. There is also no obligation to hire our law firm. These are private and confidential conversations we offer everyone so you can get your questions answered and understand what legal option you have.

To schedule your free consultation just call us at 1-888-998-9101, chat with one of our 24-hour live chat representatives or send us a website message.

More Resources and Information About Dog Bites:

Ohio Dog Bite Laws
Dog Bite Book
What To Do If Bitten By A Dog
Children’s Dog Bite Prevention Video
About Our Dog Bite Law Firm

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