505.99  PENALTIES.
   (a)    Whoever violates subsection (b) or (c) of Section 505.02 of the Lorain Codified Ordinances shall be fined not less than twenty-five dollars or more than one hundred dollars on a first offense, and on each subsequent offense shall be fined not less than seventy-five dollars or more than two hundred fifty dollars and may be imprisoned for not more than thirty days.
   (b)    In addition to the penalties prescribed in Section 505.99(a) of this section, if the offender is guilty of a violation of subsection (b) or (c) of Section 505.02 of the Lorain Codified Ordinances, the court may order the offender to personally supervise the dog that the offender owns, keeps or harbors, to cause that dog to complete dog obedience training, or to do both.
   (c)    If a violation of Section 505.02 involves a dangerous dog, whoever violates that division is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree on a first offense and of a misdemeanor of the third degree on each subsequent offense. Additionally, the court may order the offender to personally supervise the dangerous dog that the offender owns, keeps, or harbors, to cause that dog to complete dog obedience training, or to do both, and the court may order the offender to obtain liability insurance pursuant to division (E) of Section 955.22 of the Ohio Revised Code. The court, in the alternative, may order the dangerous dog to be humanely destroyed.
   (d)    If a violation of subsection (d) of Section 505.02 of the Lorain Codified Ordinances involves a vicious dog, whoever violates that division is guilty of one of the following:
      (1)   A misdemeanor of the first degree on a first offense. (See ORC 955.99(G)(2) for subsequent offenses). Additionally, the court may order the vicious dog to be humanely destroyed. Any person found guilty of violating Section 505.02 shall pay all expenses, including shelter, food, veterinary expenses for identification or certification of the breed of the animals or boarding and veterinary expenses necessitated by the seizure of any dog for the protection of the public, and such other expenses as may be required for the destruction of any such dog.
      (2)    A misdemeanor of the first degree if the dog causes injury, other than killing or serious injury, to any person (See ORC 955.99(G)(1) for felony offense designation if the dog kills or seriously injures a person).
         (Ord. 176-02.  Passed 10-21-02.)