618.18   RESTRICTIONS ON DOG OWNERSHIP FOR CERTAIN CONVICTED FELONS.
   (a)   No person who is convicted of or pleads guilty to a felony offense of violence committed on or after May 22, 2012 or a felony violation of any provision of Ohio R.C. Chapter 959, Ohio R.C. Chapter 2923 or Ohio R.C. Chapter 2925 committed on or after May 22, 2012 shall knowingly own, possess, have custody of, or reside in a residence with either of the following for a period of three years commencing either upon the date of release of the person from any period of incarceration imposed for the offense or violation or, if the person is not incarcerated for the offense or violation, upon the date of the person’s final release from the other sanctions imposed for the offense or violation:
      (1)   An unspayed or unneutered dog older than 12 weeks of age;
      (2)   Any dog that has been determined to be a dangerous dog under Ohio R.C. Chapter 955 or any substantially equivalent municipal ordinance.
   (b)   A person described in division (a) of this section shall microchip for permanent identification any dog owned, possessed by, or in the custody of the person.
   (c)   (1)   Division (a) of this section does not apply to any person who is confined in a correctional institution of the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
      (2)   Division (a) of this section does not apply to any person with respect to any dog that the person owned, possessed, had custody of, or resided in a residence with prior to May 22, 2012.
(ORC 955.54) 
   (d)   Whoever violates division (a) or (b) of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree.
(ORC 955.99(O))