Zanesville Dog Bites and Dog Attacks

Zanesville and Muskingum County Dog Laws and Ordinances

Zanesville, Ohio and Muskingum County dog bite laws and ordinancesThere are Ohio laws that govern dogs and the responsibilities of their owners, keepers or harborers.

In addition the City of Zanesville, Ohio and Muskingum County also have dog ordinances in place to protect the public.

When a dog attacks someone anywhere in Zanesville, Norwich, New Concord, Dresden, Adamsville, Frazeysburg, Fultonham, Gratiot, Philo, Roseville or any other city, town or village located within Muskingum County, there are local agencies that must be contacted.

A directory of these local agencies is provided below.

Muskingum County, Ohio Dog Resource Directory

Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department: (740) 454-9741
Muskingum County Dog Warden: (740) 453-0273
City of Zanesville: (740) 455-0700

Dog Bites in Zanesville and Muskingum County, Ohio

If you have been attacked and bitten by a dog anywhere in Muskingum County, seek medical treatment immediately.

As soon as possible and once you, your spouse, your child or loved one has received the initial necessary medical attention, it’s important to contact both the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department and the Muskingum County Dog Warden. Contact information including links to these local agency websites and telephone numbers are provided above.

We created a checklist of what to do after a dog bite. To view this complete checklist please visit this link:

Get Answers for Your Dog Bite Questions

If you need answers to questions about a dog attack that occurred within the City of Zanesville or anywhere in Muskingum County, please do not hesitate to contact us and discuss the dog attack at no cost and without any obligation. We will gladly answer your questions and provide you with the guidance you’re looking for after a dog bite incident.

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Zanesville Definition of a Dangerous Dog and a Vicious Dog

Per the City of Zanesville, Ohio Municipal Codes, a dangerous dog is defined as any dog that without being provoked has chased or approached a person in a menacing way or has attempted to bite a person while off the premises of the dog’s owner, harborer or keeper or while not being properly controlled or confined.  Police dogs are generally not classified as a dangerous dog while they are performing their official duties.

Zanesville defines a vicious dog as a any dog that has killed or seriously injured someone, has killed another dog or is a pit bull terrier breed of dog or a mixed breed of dog that includes pit bull terrier. Police dogs are not considered to be vicious dogs if they have killed or seriously injured while performing official duties. Additionally, a dog will typically not be defined as vicious if it killed or injured a person while that person was trespassing or conducting a criminal activity on the property of the dog’s owner, harborer or keeper.

The owner, harborer or keeper of a dangerous dog or a vicious dog must keep the dog securely confined at all times in a building, in a locked pen that has a top, a locked fenced yard or other locked enclosure that has a top. The dog may also be tied with a leash or tether so that the dog is properly restrained.

When the dog is off the premises of the owner, keeper or harborer, the dog must be kept on a chain-link leash or tether that is not more than six feet in length and must also have one of the following done to it:

1.  It must be kept in a locked pen that has a top, locked fenced yard or other locked enclosure that has a top.

2. It must have a leash or tether controlled by a person who can properly and adequately control the dog.

3. It must be muzzled.

Muskingum County Dog License

Muskingum County Ohio Dog Bite LawsDog licenses must be obtained from Muskingum County when a dog reaches 3 months old. The license must be renewed each year of the dog’s life unless a 3-year license or permanent dog license is purchased.

For more information about dog licenses in Muskingum County and locations throughout the county where dog licenses can be obtained, please visit the Muskingum County Auditor website via this link: Muskingum County Dog License

If you are a resident of Muskingum County and would like to renew or purchase a new dog license online, please visit this link:  Online Dog Licensing System

Special Rules for Registering Dangerous Dogs

The owner of a dog that has been designated as a dangerous dog must pay a dangerous dog registration fee each year and must provide evidence that the dangerous dog is current on all rabies vaccinations, has been spayed or neutered and has an active microchip. Additionally, the owner of a dangerous dog must provide evidence that warning signs have been clearly posted on their property and they have obtained required liability insurance if ordered by a court.

Rabies Prevention

Exposure to the rabies virus can result from a dog bite or scratch contaminated with saliva from a rabid dog. When someone is bitten by a dog a report must be filed within 24 hours with the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department. The dog also must be quarantined for at least 10 days at either the dog owner’s residence or by the Muskingum County Dog Warden.

Call On Us for Help After a Dog Attack

If you, your spouse, your child or loved one has been bitten by a dog, please contact us for a free consultation with one of our experienced Ohio dog bite attorneys. You’ll discover what you need to know and what you need to do after a dog bite to protect yourself now and into the 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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