Ohio Leash Laws
Dogs running around on the loose can be a nuisance and a danger to the public, but it’s frequently unclear exactly what responsibilities dog owners have in a legal sense. Regardless of the specific laws regarding how a dog is to be handled in public, all dog owners are inherently responsible for the actions of their pets.
Unfortunately, Ohio does not currently have a “leash law” in effect. This means that it is perfectly legal for a dog owner to walk their pet down the road off-leash without fear of getting any sort of ticket. Despite this freedom, there are provisions that seek to ensure public safety and control of dogs.
While there are no specific provisions requiring dog owners to keep their pets on-leash, there are other requirements aimed at promoting overall safety, such as:
- Registration – All dogs 3 months or older must be registered in the county in which the dog is kept.
- Confinement – Dogs must be physically confined on the premises they are kept at by a leash, fence, supervision, or other means to ensure they do not escape to run at large.
- Control – Owners are required to make sure that their dog is under control at all times.
The last requirement is key to any dog bite incident. If a dog is not sufficiently trained to heel and stay on voice command, then the animal may not be considered to be “under control” when it is off-leash.
An aggressive animal that bites a person is a clear example of a dog that is not under reasonable control. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite or attack, it is important that you seek experienced and knowledgeable legal council to help you fight for compensation for your injuries. Call the Cincinnati personal injury attorneys at Stepleton Dugan, LLC, today at 513-321-7733 to schedule an initial consultation and discuss your case.