While living in Kentucky, it’s common to see homeowners with dogs in their yards. Some people walk on sidewalks or the side of the road with dogs. Even though most owners maintain adequate control, there’s a potential that a dog could bite and cause significant harm to a victim. The dog’s owner is responsible for any injuries that occur to another person, and if a court determines that a dog is dangerous, then the animal could have to stay in a shelter until it’s declared safe to be around.
If someone has been bitten after approaching a dog that’s clearly growling or appears to be intimidated, then the victim could be responsible for part of any medical treatments needed. This means that the dog owner likely wouldn’t have to let the animal go to a shelter because the victim could have instigated the attack.
When someone is attacked by an unprovoked dog, they have the legal right to file a personal injury claim to obtain compensation for medical treatments and more. The owner of the dog could have to pay fines to the county ranging between $50 and $200 depending on the severity of the bite and how many times the dog has bitten someone. An animal control officer can collect a dog that is running wildly in a public location and that has been declared vicious. A fence or secure facility that’s over 7 feet in height may be required after an owner is given back a vicious dog.
If someone has been seriously bitten by another’s dog, they may want to retain a personal injury lawyer. The attorney can review the details of the incident and determine the amount to include in any claim that’s filed. Legal action could ultimately protect others from the dog by having it properly restrained or secured by the owner.