Ohio has a separate statute for dangerous and vicious dogs. These animals are regulated under Ohio Revised Code Section 955.22. If one of them has bitten you, it may also be a crime.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified and listed the following dog breeds as causing the majority of dog bites in the United States:

  • Pit Bull
  • Rottweiller
  • German Shepherd
  • Husky
  • Malamute
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • Chow Chow
  • Great Dane
  • Saint Bernard

Pit bulls, as a breed, were once defined as dangerous and vicious under Ohio law. However, effective May 22, 2012, the pit bull breed has been removed from the definition of vicious dog pursuant to House Bill 14. The new law defines a vicious dog as any dog that kills or seriously injures someone without regard to the dog's breed. 

To learn more about this new law, please visit the following link:

Pit Bulls No Longer Deemed Vicious Dog Breed in Ohio

The law requires all dogs labeled and defined as dangerous and vicious to be penned in or securely tied.

The owner of a dangerous and vicious dog must maintain a liability insurance policy providing coverage of not less than $100,000 for injuries and damages that may be caused by the dog.

If you or someone you know has fallen victim to a dog bite or dog attack anywhere in Ohio, please contact us at 1-888-534-4850 for a FREE consultation or send us a Website Message about your case. We can help!
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