Is a pit bull ban in the future for St. Croix County?

Dog bites can be deadly, and some cities and counties are banning certain breeds in an attempt to reduce the risk of attacks.

According to the old adage, dogs are "man's best friend." In some instances, this relationship can take a devastating turn. Injuries from a dog bite can range from minor to deadly depending on a variety of factors. One factor, according to those in favor of a pit bull ban, is the breed of the dog.

Those against pit bulls are pushing for pit bull bans in various counties throughout the state. The most recent push occurred in nearby Marathon County. A resident of Wausau carried a banner for months advocating for a ban after she was mauled by a pit bull. The attack resulted in the death of her Chihuahua and several injuries to the owner.

There are counties and cities in Wisconsin that have laws in place that restrict or ban specific breeds. Some examples include:

  • Hudson. Local law requires that the owners of pit bull dogs confine the dogs in secure enclosures. These dogs are not legally allowed out of the enclosures unless "muzzled or leashed."
  • Village of Woodville. It is illegal to own or keep a pit bull in this village. However, the law does allow those who already have their dog registered with the village prior to the passage of this law to keep their dog. However, any offspring of this dog must be removed within six weeks of birth. In order to keep their dog, the owner must comply with a long list of regulations. Some examples include securely confining the dog and prominently displaying a "beware of dog" sign. The owner must also have public liability insurance for a minimum of $50,000.
  • Village of Somerset. Somerset uses similar regulations to Woodville. Both clarify that pit bulls include the Staffordshire bull terrier, American pit bull terrier and American Staffordshire terrier breeds as well as any dog that has the "appearance and characteristics of being predominantly of" these breeds.

These are just a few examples of local laws that regulate the keeping of certain types of breeds. Local laws may also expand on state law regarding dog bites.

More on Wisconsin state law and dog bites

Wisconsin state law holds dog owners liable for any injuries caused by their dog. In most cases, the owner is liable for the full costs of damages. In some instances, the owner may be liable for two times the full amount of damages. These damages include monetary awards that can be used to cover the cost of medical bills, rehabilitation and pain and suffering for victims. Those who are injured by a dog attack in Wisconsin are wise to seek the counsel of an experienced dog attack attorney. This legal professional will review your case and work to better ensure your rights and remedies are protected.

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