What are my responsibilities if I kill a dog?

If a citizen kills a dog to prevent that dog from causing further injury or death to a person, and that dog has bitten a person: 

  • The board of health must be notified and given the facts and circumstances of the dog's death immediately.
  • The body of the dog must be held until the board of health claims it to perform tests for rabies. See O.R.C. 955.261(A)(3).

Be advised that if a dog that has bitten a person is not causing a risk of further injury or death, O.R.C. 955.261(A)(2) prohibits a person from killing that dog until a mandatory 10-day quarantine period has been completed.

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1. Who do I call when having a problem with a dog?
2. What can MCARC or the police do?
3. What can I do to help?
4. What happens if I harm a dog?
5. What are my responsibilities if I kill a dog?