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Animal bites in one city still a major concern

Many families in Wisconsin own dogs and other types of pets. Like all other states, pet owners are obligated to maintain appropriate control of their animals to keep themselves and others who come into contact with them safe. Animal bites can cause serious, if not life-threatening, injuries. One city actually banned pit bulls, and some say since the attacks have significantly decreased.

While bites involving pit bulls may have gone down, statistics suggest that other types of dog bites in the same city have increased in recent years. There appears to be an ongoing debate among community officials as to whether the pit bull ban has been successful toward its intent, which was, of course, to reduce the number of animal bites in the area. The ban was enacted in 2008 and applied to any dog that was 51 percent or more pit bull.

The ordinance was set in place at a time when a great number of pit bull attacks had occurred within Sioux City limits. In 2010, a vote to retain the ordinance was successful, 3-2. One woman said, however, that the only reason pit bull bites have gone down is because the ban eliminates the breed from the location. She noted that other types of dog bites have increased within the same area.

Those in Wisconsin who have suffered injuries from animal bites may choose to pursue such matters in court. By filing a civil claims against the persons deemed responsible for the animals, monetary judgments can be sought as recovery for damages. If a dog bite victim was a child of minor age, a parent or legal guardian may act on behalf of the child to seek the maximum amount of compensation available.

Source: dailyprogress.com, "8 years after pit bull ban, dog bites up in Sioux City", Ian Richardson, Accessed on Sept. 27, 2016

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