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Animal bites may result in visits from law enforcement officers

People in Wisconsin who own pets are responsible for their animals. If a dog, cat or other animal bites another person, the owner may be held legally accountable. Such injuries can be very severe, leaving nasty scars or, in rare cases, resulting in death. In a recent incident, a man, whose dog was accused of biting another person, is also suspected of several other serious crimes.

Apparently, a neighborhood resident told police that a dog being walked by the man had bitten him. Law enforcement agents decided to go to the dog owner's house to talk to him. While there, the man is said to have inquired about a recent fire in the area.

While speaking to the man about the dog bite, the officer reportedly also questioned him about his whereabouts the night before after the fire was mentioned. It seems the fire was suspected as arson. There was also an alleged murder committed at the same time.

The man explained that he'd been out with his girlfriend, then came home around 11 p.m. and went to sleep. That story did not seem to add up when another person talked, however. The other person claimed that the dog owner was seen coming home in a sports utility vehicle some time after 4 a.m. on the night in question. When animal bites lead to injuries, a legal claim may be filed against the animal's owner. Any unrelated criminal charges that might be pending against that person are above and beyond a Wisconsin civil lawsuit that can be filed to request compensation for damages so that a recovering dog bite victim may cover the cost of any medical care that might be needed for recovery.

Source: apg-wi.com, "Saxon man charged in March murder and arson", Rick Olivo, June 7, 2016

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