Ohio Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers

Q: I took my dog to scioto trail animal clinic because she was suffering of an unknown cause. They would not provide care

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Answered on Mar 25, 2019
Joseph Jaap's answer
If you signed an agreement surrendering ownership, then you might not have any legal recourse. It is likely that the clinic had an attorney draft that agreement so that it is enforceable. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney to review the agreement that you signed and advise you of any options. Or you could talk to the clinic and try to work it out with them, perhaps agreeing to pay for the treatment.

Q: My neighbor shot my dog running away from him. Shot many rounds roughly five or six

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Answered on Jan 25, 2019
Matthew Williams' answer
Have you called the police?

Q: My dog ran away and someone claims to have hit her. Is it my responsibility to pay

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Car Accidents for Ohio on
Answered on Jan 9, 2019
Peter N. Munsing's answer
You should report her claim to your homeowners insurance. Did she pay the vet bill? Generally,you are responsible in most states for your animal's actions. If you let them loose, then you may be responsible.

Q: Someone hit my dog and drove off. Can I hold them accountable for animal cruelty?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Car Accidents for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 14, 2018
Peter N. Munsing's answer
I doubt it. If they violate a speed law that's one thing. However duty to stop is if property is damaged and they caused it. Your pooch ran into them, it sounds like. Time to dog proof your fence.

Q: Am I liable for an back injury to my dog sitter. While on a lead my dog jerked the sitter and the sitter hurt his back.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 1, 2018
Matthew S Flemming's answer
Depends on the facts. If you have homeowners or renters insurance, report it to them and allow them to determine whether or not you have any sort of exposure.

Q: Is it legal for someone to kill my hunting dog if they "claim" he was after their cat but can't prove it?

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 24, 2018
Matthew S Flemming's answer
I'm sorry to hear about your hunting dog. However, in this instance, if your animal went on to another's property, it is considered a trespass. Furthermore, under Ohio law, owners of dogs are strictly liable for any actions of their animal that leads to the injury of another. If that animal was attacking another person's property while committing that trespass, they have the ability to protect their property from being damaged.

If you are trying to make a claim against that person,...

Q: If i adopt a dog then 2 months later bites someone who is liable ? Could dog shelter be liable

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 18, 2018
Robert D. Kreisman's answer
From what you have described you would be held responsible for the injuries suffered by a dog bit of the dog you own.

Q: I need help with a land owner that has animals running at large

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Land Use & Zoning for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 12, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
Use the Find a Lawyer tab and retain a local attorney to help you with enforcing ORC. Your attorney can review all the facts and advise you of actions to take, or court action to file.

Q: A rescue organization (501c3) placed 8 cats in my cafe for adoption. They have been given 5 oppys to pick back up.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Business Law and Collections for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 7, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
If there was no written agreement, give them an invoice and a deadline, and if not paid and picked-up, tell them they go to the pound.

Q: Is there ANY law ,in Ohio, against a dog chasing a cat? The dog was on a leash at the time. The person must appear .

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 7, 2017
Matthew Williams' answer
There are lots of laws in Ohio concerning the behavior of dogs. Just about every city has one, or more than one. They vary, sometimes dramatically. But, in general, they require the owner to control the dog's behavior in a manner that ensures the dog does not harm or frighten any person or property including other pets.

Q: How can my dog be put into another county up for adoption.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 7, 2017
Matthew Williams' answer
Call the humane society, of course. When a dog is lost, the shelters are required to hold the dog for a short period of time and make some effort to locate the owner. But, they are allowed to list them for adoption pretty quickly.

Q: My neighbor has 35 cats, they are constantly in our yard and peeing on our house, making it smell,Can we shoot the cats?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Land Use & Zoning and Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Answered on Oct 25, 2017
Joseph Jaap's answer
You can't shoot them. Talk to your local animal control or SPCA. They might issue a citation to her. Or try to get the local building and zoning department, or some other city office, to take action. You could also consider filing a nuisance action in court. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local attorney to advise you.

Q: I had a friend watch my dog for me while we tried to find a place. Now she wants $2000 to get her back. Can she do that?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Answered on Aug 1, 2017
Matthew Williams' answer
What was the agreement when you gave her the dog? Did you agree to pay something? Did she ask you to then? If you said "can you watch my dog while I find a place?" and she said "sure" then she can't turn around and charge you for it. But, if you agreed to pay her and now don't want to because of the spaying issue, that's different.

Q: I own a mobile home. I rent the property the home is on. Am I legally able to have a dog?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Answered on Jun 27, 2017
Andrew Zulieve Esq's answer
It depends on the rental contract that you have with the land owner. If the contract prohibits you from having dogs or other pets on the property, then likely you cannot have a dog on it. If there is no contract, then an attorney may be required to review the local ordinance on this issue.

Q: If someone was charged for animal neglect by the humane officer, does it go before city or county courts

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Answered on May 11, 2017
Matthew Williams' answer
It depends upon the level of offense. Most animal neglect charges are misdemeanors which are heard in municipal (city) courts.

Q: Yes before I purchase a dog I really like a pitbull. I wanted to know what are the laws in my state of Ohio? Thanks.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Answered on May 8, 2017
Matthew Williams' answer
You need to check with the city in which you reside. Some cities have bans on owning pitbulls, others require the owner of a pitbull to secure insurance or take steps to keep the animal contained, others still have no rules at all.

Q: Our dog goes into a neighbors yard and barks at them. Now he's threatened to kill the dog if she does it again. Can he?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Real Estate Law for Ohio on
Answered on May 1, 2017
Matthew Williams' answer
If he legitimately fears the dog with do serious harm to him or his kids, he can use deadly force to avoid that harm. But, he can't shoot the dog just because he finds it annoying.

Q: My daughter was visiting from out of town and her dog bit a kid in my side yard.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Ohio on
Answered on Apr 17, 2017
Peter N. Munsing's answer
Depends how the kid got there, their age. However, whoever is there should be monitoring the dog. You need to report it to your homeowners.

Q: My neighbor's dog climbs my 6ft fence & has ignored my requests to prevent this. What can I do to hold her accountable?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Real Estate Law for Ohio on
Answered on Mar 9, 2017
Matthew Williams' answer
If he dogs escapes her yard, you can call the police. An animal at large is generally for very minor criminal offense.

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