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Q: What is the law in Ohio pertaining to containing pit bulls?

June 2, 2008 | By Anonymous | 2 answers | Expired: 2351 days ago

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Does anyone know what the law is in Ohio about how you have to restrain or contain pit bulls? My neighbor has a pit bull mix along with 2 Weimereiners. They have an electric fence which does not keep them in. They say the collars & fence work, but all neighbors have seen them from time to time on our road. Two weeks ago my daughter was walking our dog, and out of nowhere the pit bull attacked our dog. My daughter threw herself on top of our dog & began punching the pit bull in the face. Her boyfriend kicked it twice before it ran off. This dog & their other 2 are highly suspected of killing our other neighbor's 3 cats. All our dog warden said was that the owner said it would put it on a run & we shouldn't see it again. Well everyone still sees it in the yard, just not so often. Since our dog had no visible injuries, and there were no witnesses to the other attack, the dog warden says she can't do anything. I thought there was a law that a pit bull had to be in a fenced in area with a top to the enclosure. The dog warden said something about it was being debated because of animal rights advocates. I love animals, but when our dog was attacked because she was being taken for a walk I think some rules need to be enforced. Our dog was already set to be euthanized because of many health problems and she was having a lot of trouble walking. These dogs, if they're out in the front yard, constantly bark and run after cars, people, animals. Normally they're in their yard, but who's to say when they will cross that line again? All our neighbors are terrified that this will happen again and are in fear of walking by this house/yard. So what is the law? Or who can I contact to find out?

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betty p.
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Jun 02, 2008

There is a difference between proper confinement for a dog and proper confinement for a pit bull.

Ohio Revised Code Section 955.22C
Confining your dog.

All dogs regardless of age must be kept confined on the premises of the owner, keeper or harborer at all times.
Acceptable methods of confinement include a fence, a tethering device, a dog pen, inside a house or garage, or under adequate supervision.
If you are walking your dog off of your property, you must maintain reasonable control over your dog so that it doesn’t run away (the best way to do this is to keep a leash on your dog).
The maximum penalties for violations of this section are a $100 fine on the first offense, and a $250 fine and 30 days imprisonment for subsequent offenses.

What is a Pit Bull?

Ohio Revised Code Section 955.11 (A)(4)(a)(iii) defines a "breed of dog commonly known as a pit bull" as a vicious dog. For enforcement purposes, the term "a breed of dog commonly known as a pit bull" refers to any of the following:

An American Pit Bull Terrier
A Staffordshire Bull Terrier
An American Staffordshire Terrier
An American Bulldog
Any other pure bred or mixed breed dog whose appearance and physical characteristics is predominately those of any of the dogs listed above, or is a combination of any of the dogs listed above.

Confining Pit Bull Dogs
(Ohio Revised Code Section 955.22D)

Dogs that are a "breed of dog commonly known as a Pit Bull" must be confined on the owner's property by means of a locked fenced yard, a locked dog pen that has a top, or some other locked enclosure that has a top (such as a house).

This law applies not only to pure bred American Pit Bull dogs, but also to other pure bred and mixed breed dogs that have similar physical and/or behavioral characteristics. Animal Control Officers make the determination as to whether or not a dog is a "breed of dog commonly known as a Pit Bull."

The maximum penalty for a violation of this section on a first offense is a $1,000 fine and up to six months imprisonment. If the dog seriously injures a person, or this is a second offense of this section, the charge may be filed as a felony.

Insuring Pit Bull Dogs
(Ohio Revised Code Section 955.22E)

Owners of dogs that are a "breed of dog commonly known as a Pit Bull" must maintain at least $100,000 of liability insurance coverage on these animals. The maximum penalty for a violation of this section is a $1,000 fine and up to six months imprisonment.

Insuring Pit Bull Dogs
(Ohio Revised Code Section 955.22E)

Dogs that are a “breed of dog commonly known as a Pit Bull” are automatically considered to be vicious under Ohio law.

Owners of these dogs must maintain at least $100,000 of liability insurance coverage on these animals. The maximum penalty for a violation of this section is a $1,000 fine and up to six months imprisonment.

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sharon d.
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Jun 03, 2008

lol-I was going to say that if anyone knew it would be Bettyp and she beat me to it!

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