Dog Warden

Leash and Vicious Dog Laws


Defiance County Leash Law

Ohio Code 955.22, Section C:
No owner, keeper, or harborer of any dog shall fail at any time to keep it either physically confined or restrained upon the premises of the owner, keeper, or harborer by a leash, tether, adequate fence, supervision, or secure enclosure to prevent escape, or under reasonable control of some person, except when the dog is lawfully engaged in hunting accompanied by the owner, keeper, harborer, or handler.

Dangerous and Vicious Dog Laws

Your dog is described as vicious if, without provocation, it has killed or seriously injured a person, caused injury (less than serious or killing) to any person, has killed another dog, or belongs to a breed that is commonly known as a pit bull dog.

For more information on laws governing the ownership of dangerous breeds, contact the Defiance County Dog Warden's office for a brochure entitled, "Vicious Dog Laws in Ohio."

All owners of vicious dogs are required to obtain liability insurance with an insurer authorized in this state providing coverage of not less than $100,000.

Defiance County prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation or political beliefs. Defiance County is also an equal opportunity employer.

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