Two victims are recovering from their injuries after they were bitten by a pit bull in Chicago’s South Shore community. The incident occurred on March 1, 2014 in the 6900 block of South Shore Drive.
According to Chicago Police Department, several individuals had called police over concerns that a pit bull was loose in the neighborhood. Sometime following the pit-bull’s escape, the dog bit two individuals, including a 17-year-old boy and a man of an unknown age.
When police arrived, in response to the numerous calls received regarding the loose pit-bull, officers were forced to shoot the dog, due to claims that it was “charging” towards them.
The two victims were transported to South Shore Hospital for their injuries, where police say they were listed in good condition. No officers were injured. No information was available on the dog’s condition. However, the dog was recovered by the city’s Department of Animal Control and Care.
As Chicago Injury Lawyers, Zneimer & Zneimer, P.C. find the incidence rate of dog bites and dog attacks in our city to be a troubling concern. We feel that residents should be able to walk freely about their communities, without the fear or risk of being attacked by a dog.
While the precise reason for the dog being loose in the March 1st incident is unknown, what is known is that Chicago city ordinance section 7-12-030 requires all owners to keep and maintain their animal under restraint. This section further provides that “[i]n addition, it shall be an unlawful failure to restrain for an animal to attack, bite, threaten, or jump on any person without that person’s consent, outside the property of the animal’s owner.”
The Dog Bite Attorneys of Zneimer & Zneimer, P.C. encourage all residents of Chicago to not only familiarize themselves with city ordinances, but more importantly ensure the safety of others by maintaining proper control of their animals.