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Chapter 505 of the Codified Ordinances



(a)   No owner, keeper, harborer, handler or person in charge of any animal, including, but not limited to, dogs and cats, shall permit such animal to run at large within the City at any time.  Any animal shall be deemed running at large when such animal is not inside a resident structure, secure fence or pen; on a leash and held by a person capable of controlling such animal; or tethered in such  manner as to prevent its getting on the public right of way or another’s property.  This provision shall not apply to dogs being obedience trained by a certified trainer.


(a)   No owner, keeper, harborer, handler or person in charge  of any animal shall permit such animal to make excessive noise that disturbs a neighbor.  The following definitions and conditions shall apply to this provision:

(1)   “Excessive noise” means any animal noise which is so loud and continuous or untimely so as to disturb the sleep or peace of a neighbor.

(2)   “Neighbor” means any person residing in a residence structure which is within 100 yards of the property on which the animal is owned.


(a)   The owner, keeper, harborer, handler or person in charge of any animal, when such animal is off the owner’s property, shall be responsible for the removal of any feces deposited by such animal on public walks, streets, recreation areas or private property.  No owner, keeper, harborer, handler or person in charge shall fail to remove or provide for the removal of such feces before taking such animal from the immediate area where such defecation occurred.


(a)   Definitions.  As used in this section:

(1)   “Dangerous dog” means any of the following:

  1. Any dog which, according to the records of the Police Department, has inflicted severe injury on a human being, without provocation, on public or private property; or
  2. Any dog which, according to the records of the Police Department, has killed a domestic animal, without provocation, while off the owner, keeper or handler’s property; or
  3. Any dog owned, kept or harbored primarily or in part for the purpose of dog fighting, or any dog trained for dog fighting; or
  4. Any pit bull terrier, the ownership, keeping or harboring of such a dog shall be prima facie evidence of the ownership, keeping or harboring of a dangerous dog.

(2)   “Potentially dangerous dog” means any of the following:

  1. Any dog which, when unprovoked, chases or approaches a person upon the streets, sidewalks or any public or private property in a menacing fashion or apparent attitude of attack;
  2. Any dog with a known propensity, tendency or disposition to attack unprovoked, to cause injury or to otherwise threaten the safety of human beings or domestic animals; or
  3. Any dog which, on three separate occasions within a twelve-month period, has been observed being unrestrained or uncontrolled off its owner, keeper or harborer’s premises by an Animal Control Officer, Euclid Police Officer, Euclid City Employee or Public Official, or Cuyahoga County Dog Warden, or has been impounded for being unrestrained or uncontrolled off its owner’s premises; or the Animal Control Officer has verified any complaints of an unrestrained or uncontrolled dog.

(3)   “Pit Bull Terrier” means any dog belonging to a breed commonly known as a “pit bull” dog, including, but not limited to any American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or American Staffordshire Terrier breed of dog, or any mixed breed of dog which contain as an element of its breeding any of the breeds described in this definition and identifiable as partially of one of those breeds. Testimony by a veterinarian, zoologist, or animal control officer that a particular dog exhibits distinguishably physical characteristics of a “pit bull terrier” shall establish a rebuttable presumption, that the dog is a “pit bull terrier.”

(4)   “Severe injury” means any physical injury that results in broken bones or lacerations or cosmetic surgery.

(b)   Exemptions.

(1)   No dog may be declared dangerous or potentially dangerous if any of the following applies:

  1. The threat, injury or damage was sustained by a person who had teased, tormented or abused the dog.
  2. The dog was coming to the aid or the defense of a person, provided that such person was not engaged in illegal or criminal activity and using the dog as a means of carrying out such activity.
  3. In the case of another domestic animal, the dog was attacked by such animal or such animal was running at large.