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Medina county dog warden

The Medina County Dog Warden is a law enforcement position in the U.S. state of Ohio. The Warden serves as a member of the county dog warden's board, as well as a county and State law enforcement officer. The duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the enforcement and administration of the Medina County Dog Ordinance. The Dog Warden's office is located at 828 Park Avenue, Medina, Ohio 44256.

The Dog Warden is appointed by the Medina County Dog Warden's Board. Board members are appointed by the Medina County Dog Warden's Board.

The Dog Warden has authority to enforce all sections of the Medina County Dog Ordinance. Board members have authority to enforce all sections of the County Dog Ordinance. Board members also have authority to enforce state law pertning to dogs. The County Dog Ordinance requires that dogs be secured on a leash and that dogs kept out of places where children may be.

History

In October of 2010, the County Dog Warden's office opened the Medina County Dog House located at the rear of the county dog warden's office. The Dog House includes a large kennel for animals boarding for owners that are away from home and a larger kennel for animals that are in heat, that are being trned, or that are awting adoption.

The Medina County Dog Ordinance was enacted by County Commissioners on April 8, 2010. The Ordinance is the first and only law of its kind in Ohio.

The Dog Ordinance provides for both misdemeanor and felony criminal charges for the violation of the law.

Duties

The Medina County Dog Ordinance provides for criminal and administrative sanctions for the violation of the law.

Possession of a vicious dog in Medina County is a violation of Ohio Revised Code Section 923.16, "MISDEMEANOR FELONY, OFFENSE", which is a Misdemeanor of the first degree. The fine for possession of a vicious dog in Medina County is $150 plus court costs.

The Dog Ordinance provides for the seizure and impoundment of dogs. A person accused of violating the Dog Ordinance can be either civilly or criminally prosecuted. If found guilty in a criminal trial, that person may be required to pay the $150 fine (as provided by Ohio Revised Code Section 923.16, "MISDEMEANOR FELONY, OFFENSE") or to serve an unspecified period of jl time and pay a fine of $25,000.

Ohio Revised Code Section 923.16(1) provides that "If a dog is being controlled by or under the direction of a humane law enforcement officer ... the dog is presumed to be vicious" and that "If the dog is seized by or under the direction of the humane law enforcement officer, and the dog is proven to be vicious, the officer may destroy the dog". The Humane Law Enforcement Officer in Medina County is Medina County Animal Control.

A dog is defined as vicious or not vicious on the basis of an official designation, i.e. "Approved" or "Not Approved". The official designation of a dog as "Vicious" is "Approved" if:

a) The dog was classified as vicious by the Board of Trustees of the Vicious or Dangerous Animal Council, or

b) The dog was classified as vicious by the chief law enforcement officer of a governmental entity, or

c) The dog was declared vicious in a judgment from a court of competent jurisdiction, or

d) The dog was declared vicious by an administrative law judge pursuant to the Administrative Code.

The official designation of a dog as "Not Approved" is "Approved for the Following Activities":

a) The dog was classified as vicious by the board of trustees of the Vicious or Dangerous Animal Council.

b) The dog was classified as vicious by a chief law enforcement officer of a governmental entity.

c) The dog was declared vicious in a judgment from a court of competent jurisdiction.

d) The dog was declared vicious by an administrative law judge pursuant to the Administrative Code.

If the dog is not declared vicious by any of the above means, or not declared vicious by the court or the chief law enforcement officer, the dog is presumed to be "Not Approved" and the person/animal owner is liable for the humane care, treatment and destruction of the dog.

If the owner does not comply with the humane care, treatment and destruction, or the animal is destroyed as a result of not being humanely cared for, the owner is personally liable for any damage incurred by the dog and is liable for all of the damages suffered by the dog.

SECTION 7-4-2.

The Animal Control Officer shall destroy any dogs:

a) Whose owner(s) can not be located and there is a reasonable basis to believe the owner(s) does not wish the animal to be returned to him or her.

b) Whose owner(s) refuses to sign a statement of relinquishment or is refusing to sign the relinquishment form.

c) Whose owner(s) cannot be located and the animal has been deemed to be vicious.

The Animal Control Officer is authorized to destroy any dog that is being cared for in such a way as to show an obvious disregard for the dog.

The Animal Control Officer is authorized to confiscate, impound and destroy any dog that is found to be:

a) Obscene, vicious, sick or suffering,

b) Dangerous to children,

c) Contning the germs of rabies,

d) Contning rabies,

e) Inhabiting premises in violation of Chapter 12 of Title 8 of the Mississippi Code of 1972, Annotated,

f) Possessed or owned by a person who does not have possession of the dog,

g) Possessed or owned by a person who has not been issued a Dog License.

SECTION 7-4-4.

The Animal Control Officer is authorized to accept:

a) Animal donations and donations of money for animals,

b) Adoption of animals

c) Reasonable care of animals, and

d) Humane care of animals

SECTION 7-4-5.

The Animal Control Officer is authorized to receive any of the following donations for animal care:

a) Private donations for individuals who have been involved in an animal incident,

b) Monetary donations for animals

SECTION 7-4-6.

All dogs impounded or cared for by the Animal Control Officer must be registered. No unregistered dog may be transferred from another county. Each dog shall be registered within 10 days after impounding.

SECTION 7-4-7.

The Animal Control Officer is authorized to impound any dog for which there is no responsible person at the scene of the impound or for which a responsible person refuses to pay the impound fee within 5 business days from the date of impound, when the animal is impounded for:

a) Animal neglect,

b) Dog fight or for the purpose of fighting any dog,

c) Possession of a rabid dog,

d) Possession of a dog of a breed that might have an inherent tendency to attack or be aggressive to other animals, humans or property,

e) Possession of a dog that is not registered

f) Possession of a dog that does not have a license

SECTION 7-4-8.

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