Animal Laws

1717.03 Ohio humane society.

The state society for the prevention of cruelty to animals shall remain a body corporate, under the name of “the Ohio humane society,” with the powers, privileges, immunities, and duties possessed before March 21, 1887, by the state society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, specified by sections 1717.01 to 1717.14, inclusive, of the Revised Code, as to county humane societies.

1717.01 Humane society definitions.

As used in sections 1717.01 to 1717.14, inclusive, of the Revised Code, and in every law relating to animals:

(A) “Animal” includes every living dumb creature;

(B) “Cruelty,” “torment,” and “torture” include every act, omission, or neglect by which unnecessary or unjustifiable pain or suffering is caused, permitted, or allowed to continue, when there is a reasonable remedy or relief;

959.99 Penalty.

(A) Whoever violates section 959.18 or 959.19 of the Revised Code is guilty of a minor misdemeanor.

(B) Except as otherwise provided in this division, whoever violates section 959.02 of the Revised Code is guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree. If the value of the animal killed or the injury done amounts to three hundred dollars or more, whoever violates section 959.02 of the Revised Code is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree.

959.20 Use of certain devices on work animals prohibited.

As used in this section:

(A) “Work animal” includes a horse, pony, mule, donkey, mare, ox, bull, gelding, or other animal used or intended to be used for a work purpose.

(B) “Work purpose” means the performance by a work animal of some work or labor, including showing, performing, or being used in any exhibition, show, circus, rodeo, or similar use.

(C) “Owner” includes any person, firm, association, or corporation owning or having a proprietary interest in or possession, custody, or charge of a work animal.

959.19 Prohibition against servicing mare in public street.

No owner of a stallion or jack or the agent of such owner, shall permit it to serve a mare within thirty feet of a public street or alley in a municipal corporation.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

959.17 Trapshooting.

Live birds or fowl shall not be used as targets in trapshooting.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

959.161 Impounding and disposition of fighting dog.

(A) As used in this section:

(1) “Fighting dog” means a dog that a peace officer has probable cause to believe has been, is, or is intended to be used in dogfighting in violation of section 959.16 of the Revised Code.

(2) “Impounding entity” means the entity that has possession of an impounded fighting dog during its impoundment.

(3) “Peace officer” has the same meaning as in section 2935.01 of the Revised Code.

959.16 Dogfighting offenses.

(A) No person shall knowingly do any of the following:

(1) Promote, engage in, or be employed at dogfighting;

(2) Receive money or anything else of value for the admission of another person to a dogfighting event or a place kept for dogfighting;

(3) Sell, purchase, possess, or train a dog for dogfighting;

(4) Use, train, or possess a dog for seizing, detaining, or maltreating a domestic animal;

(5) Pay money or give anything else of value in exchange for admission to or be present at a dogfight;