2006 Ohio Revised Code - 2927.21. Duty to report escape of certain animals.

§ 2927.21. Duty to report escape of certain animals.

(A)  The owner or keeper of any member of a species of the animal kingdom that escapes from the owner's or keeper's custody or control and that is not indigenous to this state or presents a risk of serious physical harm to persons or property, or both, shall, within one hour after the owner or keeper discovers or reasonably should have discovered the escape, report it to: 

(1) A law enforcement officer of the municipal corporation or township and the sheriff of the county where the escape occurred; and 

(2) The clerk of the municipal legislative authority or the fiscal officer of the township where the escape occurred. 

(B)  If the office of the clerk of a municipal legislative authority or township fiscal officer is closed to the public at the time a report is required by division (A) of this section, it is sufficient compliance with division (A)(2) of this section if the owner or keeper makes the report within one hour after the office is next open to the public. 

(C)  Whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree. 

HISTORY: 141 v H 32. Eff 9-11-85; 151 v S 107, § 1, eff. 12-20-05.


Effect of Amendments

151 v S 107, effective December 20, 2005, substituted "fiscal officer" for "township clerk" in (A)(2) and for "clerk" in (B); and made minor stylistic and gender neutral changes. 

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