Aurora Dog Bite Lawyer

Obtaining a dog as a household pet is a common occurrence. Likewise, having another care for a dog while the owner is unavailable, is also a common occurrence. The potential for problems with either, is that ownership and possession of a dog is often taken very lightly, and without the proper knowledge or aforethought. The Aurora dog bite attorneys of Zneimer & Zneimer, P.C. have observed far too many scenarios involving dog owners and/or dog caretakers, who have unwittingly violated provisions concerning responsible care and/or custody of animals within the city, which have inopportunely resulted in serious injury, and sometimes even fatality, as a result of a vicious dog bite attack.

In order to promote responsible dog ownership, it is necessary to simultaneously promote awareness of both state regulations, an also the Municipal Code applicable to Aurora residents. The Aurora dog bite attorneys of Zneimer & Zneimer, P.C. recognize that a critical factor in preventing dog bite attacks resonates within the residents of Aurora in ensuring that all animals are properly maintained and controlled. As such, both dog-owners and non-dog-owners alike should know exactly what is required to own or care for a dog within the City of Aurora. The foregoing is provided by the dog attack attorneys of Zneimer & Zneimer, P.C. to the residents of Aurora as a general reference to the City’s Animal Municipal Code.

Maintaining Ownership

  • The City of Aurora limits ownership of domestic animals to two (2) per household.
    • All dog owners must register and vaccinate domestic dogs within thirty (30) days of acquiring ownership; registration tags must be displayed on dogs collar at all times.
  • Residents may apply for one (1) additional domestic animal, pursuant to the applicant’s compliance with the following requirements:
    • Applicant must currently own no more than three (3) domestic animals;
    • Evidence demonstrating current domestic animals have been properly vaccinated, micro-chipped, as well as spayed or neutered;
    • Evidence demonstrating current domestic animals have been properly registered;
      • NOTE: Registration of additional animal required within one (1) business day of application approval.
    • No violations of Aurora’s Municipal Code have occurred within five (5) years preceding application;
      • NOTE: Future violations of the Municipal Code for Animals could result in immediate termination of permit to have additional animal.
    • Applicant is agreeable to home inspection verifying the living conditions of the animals, as well as the available area for the animals' safety and comfort.
  • Within thirty (30) days of attaining ownership of a domestic animal, Aurora dog owners must acquire and maintain, at all times general liability insurance in sufficient amounts so as to cover any costs resulting from the behavior or actions of such animal.

Maintaining proper custody

  • Only place your animal in care and/or custody of a responsible person over ten (10) years of age, whom is aware of applicable regulations and ordinances.
    • Failure to do so could result in civil liability to both the person in care of the dog, as well as the owner.
  • Aurora Municipal Code defines “Owner” as any person having a right of property in an animal, or who keeps or harbors any animal, or who has an animal in his care or custody or acts as its custodian, or who knowingly permits it to remain on or about any premises owned or occupied by him.
  • Aurora Municipal Code defines a “Stray Animal” as any animal not under restraint and not in the presence of its owner.

Maintaining proper control

  • While on Public Property: Dogs must be leashed at all times.
    • Leash means a cord, rope, strap, chain or other device not to exceed six (6) feet in length that is commercially produced and whose primary purpose is the temporary restraint of domestic animals, and which is securely fastened to the collar or harness of a domestic animal and which shall be of sufficient strength to keep such domestic animal under control.
  • While on Private Property: Dogs must be secured by invisible fence with appropriate signage, fence, chain, owner's direct supervision, leash or other visible means of restraint sufficient to protect pedestrians on public property.
    • Tether means a chain, cord, rope, strap, cable or other device used to confine an animal to one fixed location that is commercially produced and which primary purpose is the temporary restraint of domestic animals and which shall be of sufficient strength to keep such domestic animal confined.

The Aurora dog bite attorneys of Zneimer & Zneimer, P.C. recognize that ownership, custody, and control of domestic dogs is imperative to the prevention of injury and fatality resulting from dog bite attacks. Unfortunately, the sad truth is that injuries will continue to occur despite public awareness. When tragedy does occur, however, it is important that you protect your legal rights to recovery for your losses.

If you or a loved one fell victim to a vicious attack by a dog, and you suspect the dog owner, or an individual in custody or control of the dog, acted in a negligent manner, contact the Aurora dog bite attorneys of Zneimer & Zneimer, P.C. for a FREE COMPREHENSIVE CONSULTATION today, at (773) 516-4100, or online, at www.zneimerlaw.com.

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