Residents and visitors in Joliet, Illinois and other local communities surrounding Chicago enjoy the year-round outdoor opportunities, often experiencing open air adventures with their dogs. However, the city of Joliet has recently tightened their already strict municipal ordinances to control dogs in an effort to ensure the well-being and safety of everyone. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is committed to protecting the well-being of people injured Joliet dog bite attacks.
Local Dog Parks in Joliet, IL
The area around Joliet is known for its beautiful dog parks situated deep in the forest preserves of Will County. Pet owners are permitted to bring their dogs into the forest preserves at specific locations, including five areas designated for off-leash dog walking and exercising. These areas include the Forked Creek Preserve (Wilmington access), Hammel Woods (Shorewood access), Lower Rock Run Preserve (access along McClintock Rd.), Whalon Lake (Naperville) and Messenger Marsh (access in Homer Glen).
While the dogs can be off leash, pets are still required to stay within a fenced-in security area to run freely. To ensure the safety of all dogs and visitors, resident and non-resident pet owners are required to purchase a permit for park usage.
Joliet City Dog Ordinances
Chapter 6, Article II of the local municipal code of ordinances for Joliet Illinois specifically pertain to owning and keeping dogs within the city limits. Some of these ordinances include:
- Licenses and Collars – All dogs on public streets, sidewalks, alleyways and other public places must be leashed and wearing a durable collar with a current license tag attached. (Section 6-21)
- Running at Large – Dogs in the public areas within the city limits are prohibited from running at large. (Section 6-22)
- Barking – Owners and keepers of dogs must control the pet to ensure it does not habitually bark, howl, growl, whine or cry as to cause a disturbance in the neighborhood. (Section 6-29)
- Dog Bites – All dogs known to bite any person shall be confined by the local rabies inspector for observation and evaluation by a licensed veterinarian. All victims of the dog attack that have been scratch, bitten or suffered other injuries causing a skin abrasion must report the event to local law enforcement or the county health department. (Section 6-51)
Recent Dog Attacks Reported in the Joliet Area
In January 2015, Joliet residents became concerned after reports of a series of dog attacks were reported in one neighborhood over the course of four months. On four separate occasions, beginning in September 2013, there were reports of a Pit Bull and Rottweiler attacking neighbors without provocation.
Neighborhood residents became angry when nothing was done over the incidences. Many residents became worried of the safety and well-being of their young children, elderly neighbors and neighborhood dogs.
Getting Compensation for Injuries Related to a Dog Bite Attack
Our Joliet dog attack case attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provide legal advice, counsel and representation to victims injured by dog bites and attacks. Many of our clients have been left to suffer with permanent disfigurement and scarring, requiring extensive medical care, rabies shots, plastic surgery and sutures, which has caused financial burdens on the entire family.
Our team of Illinois animal attack lawyers build cases for compensation against property owners, dog owners, pet keepers, individuals and parents of minors in charge of the vicious animal. Our law firm investigates cases, gathers eyewitness accounts and files a claim against all responsible parties. We are successful because we prove how the neglect of the pet owner provide the opportunity for the dog to bite or attack the victim and inflict serious injuries without provocation.
Call the law offices of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a no obligation consultation. Our legal representation cost you nothing upfront to get us started working on your case. Call today. Our team of attorneys will listen to your side of the story and help you determine all of the legal options on how to proceed.