Call 911 for serious emergencies requiring immediate assistance. For example a dog attacking a person.
Report less serious emergencies involving dogs to the Wood County Sheriff's Office at 419-354-9001.
If you know the dog owner, consider speaking with them first. Often times dog owners are willing to correct the problem.
If the problem persists, please contact the Wood County Dog Shelter at 419-354-9242 with the following information:
- Address where dogs were last seen including the nearest crossroads.
- Description of dogs including breed, color, size, hair length, collar or tag details.
- Also indicate what direction the dogs were last seen heading.
Report all incidents involving aggressive, dangerous, or vicious dogs to the Wood County Dog Shelter immediately at 419-354-9242 including:
- Dogs that chase or approach in a menacing fashion while off the dog owner's property
- Dogs that chase or approach in an apparent attitude of attack while off the dog owner's property
- Dogs that bite or attempt to bite people
- Dogs that cause injury to a person
- Dogs that kill another dogOhio Dangerous Dog Law Information
Please contact the Wood County Dog Shelter to report dogs that do not have an Ohio county dog license at 419-354-9242.
Higher dog license compliance equals lower dog license costs for Wood County dog owners. Dog licenses have many great benefits including:
- Owner name and phone lookup available online, so people can return your dog
- Dog Wardens and law enforcement often attempt to return dogs home instead of taking them to the shelter
- Dogs wearing current licenses upon impound at the shelter are held 14 days, after mailing a certified letter to the owner, instead of just 3 days
- Redemption fees are waived for dogs impounded wearing current licenses, if they redeem them within 3 days and are not repeat offenders
- Owners avoid dog license penalties, citations, court fines and fees
If you or someone else has been potentially exposed (skin broken) to rabies by a dog please do the following:
- Obtain medical attention immediately
- If the dog is running loose, contact the Wood County Dog Shelter as soon as possible at 419-354-9242.
- Take pictures of the injuries, before and after the injuries are cleaned when possible
- Report the incident to the Wood County Dog Shelter or Wood County Sheriff's Office
- Follow up with the Wood County Dog Shelter to verify that we have received notification of the exposure incident
- Upon receiving notification of an exposure incident, a Wood County Dog Warden will conduct an investigation
Wood County Dog Wardens do not have authority to address barking dog complaints.
Please contact your local police or the Wood County Sheriff's Office to determine if there is a local ordinance that can be enforced.