Dog Bite Investigations

Dog bites can be upsetting. We are here to help you navigate through it.

Reporting Dog Bites

Ohio defines a dog bite as any time a dog breaks the skin of a person with their teeth.


Ohio law requires any dog that has bitten to be quarantined for 10 days. It is at the discretion of the Dog Warden whether the animal is quarantined at CCAS.

City of Cleveland residents will report and be investigated through the Cleveland Department of Public Health and the City of Cleveland Animal Care and Control


Dog bites are investigated by Deputy Dog Wardens in partnership with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. Dogs that have bitten may be deemed dangerous or vicious under state law, only after going through the proper legal proceedings.

We do not investigate dog bites to other dogs unless it results in death. All other cases of dog bites to another animals are handled civilly by the owners.

Dog behind cage

Dangerous Dog Requirements

Confine and Restrain Requirements (955.22D)

On Owner's Premises

 Locked pen with top
 Locked fence yard
 Locked enclosure that has a top

Off Owner's Premises

 Chain link leash not more than 6ft in length
 Locked enclosure with top or yard

Insure, Register, Notify (955.22E)

 Dangerous Dog Registration
 Liability Insurance

Registration Requirements of Dangerous Dogs (955.221)

 Proof of rabies vaccination
 Dangerous Dog Posting

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