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Animal bites: what to do if bitten by a dog

Many residents in Wisconsin have pets that they consider to be part of their families. Dogs are popular pets for families and most never cause a problem to their owners or others they meet. However, any dog is capable of becoming aggressive, given certain circumstances. If a person is attacked, animal bites can cause serious problems and may require extensive treatment. Recently, two dogs attacked people in separate incidents in a Wisconsin county.

The Eau Claire City-County Health Department reports that the latest bites bring the total to over 50 for the year so far for their area. In 2016, there were 85 reported dog bites. The Health Department Director stated that the organization tracks bites when they are reported. It is likely that many more incidents occur that are not reported to the authorities.

With the possibility of dog bites, officials recommend that people know how to respond if they are attacked. If bitten, the first thing someone should do is clean the area thoroughly with soap and water. It is wise to get it examined by a physician as soon as possible.

The bite also needs to be reported to animal control. If an individual owns a dog that bit someone, it is required by state law to notify authorities within 24 hours. Officers say that dog owners can be arrested if they fail to report an attack by their dog.

When someone has suffered injuries from animal bites, he or she may wish to file a personal injury lawsuit against the animal's owner. A Wisconsin lawyer can help a person evaluate the situation and recommend the best path forward to proceed with a case. A knowledgeable attorney will work with clients to obtain a successful award in a lawsuit that can help defray medical costs and other expenses.

Source:, "Dog bites: What you need to know", Tajma Hall, Aug. 28, 2017

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