Ohio Supreme Court Rules ‘Dangerous Dog’ Label Not Needed for Prosecution< < Back to
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.