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Dog at Large

Statute: O.R.C 955.22 (C):

Except when a dog is lawfully engaged in hunting and accompanied by the owner, keeper, harborer, or handler of the dog, no owner, keeper, or harborer of any dog shall fail at any time to do either of the following:

(1) Keep the dog 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;

(2) Keep the dog under the reasonable control of some person.

Penalties:

  • First Offense: Fine no less than $25.00 and no more than $75.00
  • Second Offense: Fine no less than $75.00 and no more than $250.00, also may be imprisoned for no more than 30 days
  • Third Offense: Third Offense involving same dog will be automatic dangerous dog designation. Fine no less than $75.00 and no more than $250.00, also may be imprisoned for no more than 30 days

When a dog is found at large, the dog’s owner, keeper, or harborer can be subject to a citation resulting in the penalties above. Each individual dog is a separate offense. If you own several dogs that end up running at large together you can be issued a citation for all dogs. It is crucial that dogs are kept on the property of the owner, keeper, or harborer and when they are not that they are under reasonable control of some person.