The April 2015 Springfield Illinois dog mauling of a 10-year-old girl has left many neighbors wondering what went wrong. The girl was transported to a Sangamon County Hospital suffering serious life-threatening wounds from the attack where the family’s dog ripped the clothing off the girl in her backyard.
This was not the first time that the family’s Great Dane bit someone in the household. The victim’s older sister stated to law enforcement officers that she also was bitten two months prior. The sheriff department indicates that the previous attack was never reported to authorities. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has since opened an investigation based on allegations of neglect of the victim’s parents. Members of the household have considered the Great Dane to be “mean and vicious.”
While a Great Dane is not considered to be a potentially dangerous or vicious dog breed, other breeds certainly are. Some of these include the Pit Bull Terrier family including Bulldogs, Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Terriers and English Bull Terriers. Other known dangerous breeds include the Bull Mastiff, Italian Mastiff, German Mastiff/Great Dane mix, Rottweiler, Boxer, Akita, Chow Chow, Doberman Pinscher, Alaskan Malamute, German Shepherd, Siberian Husky and others.
Springfield City Dog Ordinances
Title IV, Chapter 91, Article IV of the Springfield Illinois code of ordinances refers to animal control including dogs and cats. Some of these ordinances involve:
- Identification – Every dog owner or keeper must ensure a harness or collar is worn by the animal affixed with the tag inscribed with the owners contact information including a name, address and phone number. (Section 91.05)
- Dog Restraint – All dogs must be kept under restraint. (Section 91.15)
- Dog Bites – All dog keepers and owners must maintain a safe environment free of their pet attacking or biting an individual or other animal without provocation that results in injury. (Section 91.18)
Seeking Financial Recovery
Thousands of individuals across the nation suffer serious dog bites and injuries and dog attacks every year. In most incidences, dog bite an attack victims have a legal right to seek financial recovery from every responsible party including the pet’s owner. Obtaining compensation is important because dog bites and dog attacks often cause extensive injuries including:
- Cuts, lacerations, crushing wounds, abrasions and punctures
- Disfiguring scars to skin on the face, neck and shoulders
- Extensive bleeding and torn skin
- Infection and susceptibility to rabies
- Wrongful death
Hiring an Attorney
The attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers recognize that nearly every dog attack or dog bite is a result of negligence by one or more individuals. Our team of attorneys will evaluate your case to determine the parties that are negligent, responsible or at fault for your injuries, which could include:
- Pet Owners and Keepers – this includes any individual responsible for the custody or care of the dog which could include an animal sitter, the dog pound or pet kennel.
- Property Owners – The owner, occupier or tenant of a property can be held legally liable for any injury caused by a dog that they allowed to be on the premises.
- Parents of Minors – If the care and custody of the vicious or dangerous dog was left to a minor child 17 years or younger, the parents can be held legally liable through a claim or lawsuit even if one or both parents were not directly involved in the incident.
- Landlords – The landlord of an apartment complex can be held legally accountable if they knew, or should have expected, that the tenant of the property owned a dangerous pet.
Call the law offices of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers at (888) 424-5757 today. Our attorneys specialize in dog bite cases and are passionate at protecting your rights to secure the recompense you deserve. Our dedicated legal team of dog bite attack case lawyers will fight aggressively for you to ensure you receive maximum compensation.