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Ohio Supreme Court [Dan Konik | Statehouse News Bureau]

Ohio Supreme Court Rules ‘Dangerous Dog’ Label Not Needed for Prosecution

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Supreme Court says a dog doesn’t have to carry a formal “dangerous dog” label under state law for prosecutors to charge an owner for damage done by the animal.

The court ruled Tuesday that as long as investigators have evidence a dog is dangerous, they can charge an owner and try to prove that danger at trial.

The ruling resolved conflicting lower court rulings over an Ohio law that created a “dangerous dog” designation. The ruling says the law provides fair warning that owners may be subject to the dangerous-dog designation because it turns on the dog’s past behavior.