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Man injured by animal bites; dog involved bites again

Dog bites that occur in Wisconsin and elsewhere across the country often result in serious injuries. An incident involving animal bites by a dog that has bitten multiple people took place recently in another state.  The dog had already been classified as dangerous when the latest accident happened.

Late last year, a 110-pound dog was being walked by a friend of its owner. The dog encountered a man running in the area. The runner stated that though the dog was not provoked in any way, the animal latched on to his arm and bit him several times. The bites caused severe damage to the man's arm.

The owner was cited for having an unlicensed dog and was given an order that stated his dog could not leave its home without a muzzle. The owner received further citations when the muzzle order was not followed and a license had not been obtained for the dog. The local Animal Control Commission ordered the dog to be euthanized.  While this decision was under appeal by the owner, the dog bit another person last month.

Animal control officers in the area also recall a situation in 2015 with the same dog. It was involved in a violent fight with another dog.  While officials attempt to work with dogs and their owners to find agreeable solutions to these types of situations, they are worried about the safety of the residents in this particular dog's neighborhood. The owner has asked that the dog be rescued or re-homed. However, given the animal's bite history, authorities find that solution highly unlikely.

Individuals who have suffered injuries because of animal bites have the right to seek compensation for their trauma. Owners of the dogs involved in these types of incidents are responsible for their actions, and Wisconsin law provides for strict liability regarding dog bite attacks. An attorney with experience in personal injury law may help those involved receive a settlement to help offset medical expenses and other costs associated with the accident.

Source:, "Pittsfield Dog Ordered Euthanized Bites Again", Andy McKeever, Feb. 3, 2017

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