Fitzpatrick, Skemp & Associates, LLC
No Fees Unless We Win Free Consultation
608-406-2282 866-821-1345
Serving Injured And Disabled Clients In Minnesota and Wisconsin

Animal Control tips on preventing dog bites

The La Crosse County Vector Control reports that Wisconsin state law requires dogs that have bitten a person be quarantined for 10 days in order to check whether it shows signs of rabies, with harsh penalties facing those who fail to comply.

While such laws help reduce fatalities from dog attack, they do little to prevent the occurrence of dog bites. An animal control officer recently provided several tips that can help one significantly reduce the risk of being bitten by a dog.

The officer reports that one should not try to restrain or pet an unknown dog, as the animal may see this as a threatening action. If one owns a particularly aggressive dog, one should have the dog evaluated by a professional before the animal's behavior escalates. The officer also stresses that a dog should not be tethered when the owner is away for any significant length of time, as this causes the dog to become bored, nervous and anxious and might agitate any existing aggressive behavior. Similarly, individuals are encouraged to never startle or frighten a sleeping dog, as this may cause the dog to become panicked and instinctively attack.

In the event that a dog begins to chase after a person, the officer recommends the person stand still with one's arms flat against the sides. Raising the arms may threaten the dog, prompting it pounce or lunge at one's neck in order to protect itself. Likewise, one should avoid screaming, instead speaking in a deep, strong voice.

Anyone bitten by a dog should get immediate medical attention, of course. As dog-bite victims know, surgeries and therapy treatments can unfortunately be extremely expensive and painful.

Source: Times Herald-Record: "Shelter Tails: Tips to prevent dog bites" by Mary Esparra: May 12, 2011

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

The Mission Starts With A Free Consultation

We handle most cases on a contingency basis. We will not ask you to pay any fees unless we are successful in getting you compensation. If you have questions or would like to learn more about how we can help you, call us at 608-406-2282, or toll free at 866-821-1345. You can also reach us by completing our online contact form to discuss your case with an experienced La Crosse personal injury attorney.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Fitzpatrick, Skemp & Associates, LLC
123 7th St S
La Crosse, WI 54601

Toll Free: 866-821-1345
Phone: 608-406-2282
Fax: 608-784-4908
La Crosse, WI Law Office Map