The densely populated city of Elgin, Illinois is home to more than 110,000 residents. Because of its year-round outdoor activities, the community offers pet-friendly opportunities for visitors, guests and residents alike.
To ensure the safety of everyone, government officials have enacted various city ordinances and offer a community education program to teach children and pet owners how to remain safe when around dogs in public and private areas. Children are encouraged to stay away from any restrained or stray dog. Pet owners are provided a variety of tips including always keeping their pets on a secured leash when off their private residence, never leave the animal alone inside an enclosed vehicle or outside without shelter, water or food.
In 2010, Elgin revamped their dog control ordinances to protect the public against vicious in dangerous dogs. Even with the new changes, two dog attacks occurred within weeks of the newly enacted ordinances. One attack involved a Rottweiler biting a 10-year-old child belonging to the dog’s owner. In a different incident, and owner and her leashed Labrador-terrier mix dog were attacked by a pit bull on Gansett Street. The victims in both attacks required extensive medical treatment.
Elgin Dog Ordinances
Elgin’s municipal code includes various ordinances under Chapter 7, which regulates the control of animals including dogs and cats. Some of these ordinances involve:
- Registering and Licensing Dangerous Dogs – If the pet has a designation as a “Dangers Dog,” it must be registered and licensed in Elgin. It is unlawful for any dog owner or keeper to possess, maintain, harbor or be in the custody or care of a dangerous dog without it being registered. (Section 7.04.040)
- Rabies Vaccinations – All dogs within the city limits that are six months or older must maintain current inoculation against rabies as administered by a licensed veterinarian. Every brand and type of anti-rabies vaccine used must be approved and recognized by the Department of Agriculture of both the state of Illinois and the U.S. federal government. (Section 7.0 4.070)
- Prohibited Conduct – Pet owners innkeepers must maintain control of their dog to avoid the potential of any prohibited conduct including running at large, disturbing the peace, attacking or biting. (Section 7.0 4.100)
- Dangerous Behavior – Pet owners have a legal obligation to avoid any dangerous behavior of their dog including injuring or biting individuals or domestic animals on private or public property when unprovoked. This includes approaching or chasing individuals and domestic animals on the city’s sidewalks, streets or on any private or public property that is considered menacing or an apparent assertiveness to attack. (Section 7.0 4.100B1)
Dangerous dogs are defined as any dog that injured, bites or chases another individual or animal without provocation or behaves in any manner that creates a threat of imminent danger to individuals or other animals.
What to Do When Bitten in Elgin, IL
The Elgin dog bite attack case attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers encourage all victims of dog bites to seek immediate medical treatment. This is because dog attacks and bites often leave serious physical injuries including blindness, lacerations, cuts and scarring that require extensive reconstructive plastic surgeries. In addition, these attacks often cause emotional trauma that must be addressed by psychological counseling.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are experienced dog bite attorneys. We have handled numerous dog attack lawsuits and have the resources to prepare your case for a successful resolution. Our team of lawyers consult with medical experts who can evaluate your prognosis including the number of surgeries you might require to heal completely.
Call our law offices today at (888) 424-5757 to discuss the value of your case. We know all too well how frightening and painful a dog bite can be. Our attorneys are prepared to fight aggressively to obtain the financial compensation you deserve.