Ohio Revised Code Section 955.29 explains the process for recovering compensation from the dog and kennel fund:
1. Notify a member of the board of county commissioners or dog warden within 3 days after the loss or injury has been discovered
2. If a commissioner has been notified, then the commissioner will notify the dog warden
3. The dog warden will investigate or have the loss or injury promptly investigated
4. The dog warden or the person investigating will provide the owner with a claim form where the owner will provide the kind, grade, quality, and fair market value of the animal, as estimated by the owner, the nature and amount of the loss or injury, the place where the loss or injury occurred, and any other facts that will be useful to the warden in fixing responsibility for the loss or injury.
5. If the warden finds all statements made by the owner on the claims form to be correct and agrees with the owner as to the fair market value of the animal, then the warden passes the information to the board of county commissioners who will then examine the information and make the final determination of the fair market value of the animal.
6. If the warden does not find all statements to be correct or does not agree with the owner as to the fair market value, then the owner may appeal to the board of county commissioners.
It's important to note that in order to recover from the dog and kennel fund, the owner of the injured or killed livestock must sign a statement indicating they did not own or harbor an unregistered dog on the date the loss or injury occurred.
Source: Ohio Beef Cattle Letter