Pit Bull Owners and
the Ohio Revised Code
Ohio Laws AFTER 5/21/2012
Ohio residents will no longer have restrictions on pit bull ownership after 5/22/2012, UNLESS:
- You live in a local municipality that has enacted restrictions or bans on pit bulls (see Known Breed-Specific Legislation and Breed Bans in Ohio Municipalities for a listing of known bans/BSL in Ohio, and also contact your local city attorney or township trustee and/or homeowners association to verify that there are no restrictions where you live).
- Your dog (regardless of breed) is declared DANGEROUS (a dog that has caused an injury to a person or killed another dog, or otherwise violated ORC 955.22) or VICIOUS (a dog that has caused serious or fatal injury to a person without provocation) by your county dog warden.
IMPORTANT: We recommend that all pit bull owners follow our guidelines on Responsible Pit Bull Ownership to keep your dog safe!!
Ohio Laws Prior to 5/22/2012
What is a pit bull?
laws do Pit Bull owners need to follow?
For example, in Central Ohio, Pit Bulls are banned if you live in the city limits of Bexley or Reynoldsburg, and they are subject to additional restrictions in Gahanna.
To determine if your area of residence has additional pit bull laws, please contact your local code enforcement officer.
I need to restrain my Pit Bull-type dog?
When your Pit Bull is off your property, you must always:
1. Be sure that the person holding the leash is an adult who is able to control the dog
2. Attach the leash/tether securely to the ground or a stationary object ONLY while an adult (who can control the dog) is right there
3. Muzzle the dog securely
need insurance for my Pit Bull-type dog?
Your existing homeowner’s or renter’s insurance may already cover this. Check with your insurance agent to see if your policy covers the breed of dog(s) you own.
If you do not have insurance or if your existing insurance does not cover your dog, switch to a company that does not discriminate against Pit Bulls!
We recommend the Insurance Companies listed in the green column on the right side of this page. You can also call us for a list of non-discriminatory insurance companies.
Alternatively, you can purchase a “personal umbrella liability policy” to provide the mandatory liability coverage, as long as the umbrella policy covers canine-inflicted injuries.
State of Ohio Breed-Specific Legislation:
Click here to view the actual Ohio Revised Code regarding Pit Bulls.
Pit Bull Breed-Specific Legislation and Pit Bull Bans in Ohio Communities:
Click here to view the local BSL and pit bull bans in the state of Ohio laws.
Obtaining Canine Liability Insurance for Your Pit Bull
If you are
required to obtain liability for your pit bull, please contact:
Geico (ask for Pit Bull Liability Insurance for
Insurance companies may their rates on breed, weight, age, gender and bite history. Proof of obedience training or other specialized training is also helpful because it demonstrates the responsibility of the owner.
Alternatively, if you have homeowner insurance or renters insurance, and it does not cover canine inflicted injures, talk to your insurance agent about purchasing a "personal umbrella liability policy." It is form of umbrella liability insurance for individuals and their families. It provides coverage for (1) excess liability over underlying liability coverage (homeowners, auto) and (2) some of the liability exposures excluded by underlying policies, which might include canine liability (but be sure to check!). There is no standard form for this kind of policy, but generally the form requires the maintenance of underlying homeowners and auto liability policies with minimum combined single liability limits of $300,000 each. The important thing is to ascertain that the umbrella policy under consideration does not exclude canine inflicted injuries
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