Skokie Dog Bite Lawyer
Skokie is a large village located in Cook County, Illinois , and sharing a border with the City of Chicago . The dog bite injury lawyers of Zneimer & Zneimer, P.C. represent victims of dog attacks in Skokie Village, and throughout Illinois .
Skokie , like many other cities in Illinois , has local ordinances concerning dog ownership. The Municipal Code of Ordinances for Skokie Illinois is quite stringent when compared to other cities. For example, residents of Skokie are prohibited from owning more than 1 dog per single-family apartment, or more than 2 dogs for single family home. Additionally, Skokie residents must keep their dogs on leashes no longer than 8 feet in length while in public areas. Our Skokie dog attack and dog bite injury lawyers are familiar with the Skokie ordinances applicable to litigation involving dog ownership.
Skokie Village also has an ordinance regarding dog licensing requirements. Pursuant to Section 18-31(a) of Skokie Code of Ordinances:
Every owner of a dog or cat within the Village shall pay an annual license fee as set forth in Section 46-37, and shall receive from the Village a tag bearing the legend "Skokie Animal License," as well as the license number and the year issued, marked thereon. When making application for a license for a spayed or neutered dog or cat, the owner thereof shall present evidence that the dog or cat is so spayed or neutered.
Also, pursuant to Section 18-31(d):
Rabies inoculations are mandated for all dogs and cats. No Village license shall be issued for any dog or cat without proof of current rabies inoculation.
It is advisable to all residents of Skokie to maintain control of their dogs at all times because failure to do so can result in the imposition of fines or penalties, as well as create a risk of property damage, and most importantly personal injury to others. Our Skokie Injury attorneys hope that all dog owners abide by local regulations, however we also understand that dog owners often fail to adhere to the appropriate duty of care. Pursuant to Section 18-38, Skokie dog owners are prohibited from allowing their dog to trespass on the property of another:
No person shall, without the consent of the owner of the property concerned, permit any animal in such person's custody and control to enter upon the premises of another within the Village. No dog or cat shall be allowed to injure, destroy or carry away any vegetable, plant, fruit, shrub, tree, flower or other things which may be on such premises or which may be planted or seeded there.
Local ordinances in Skokie also provide for remedies for ‘Problem Pet Owners.’ Violations for dangerous dogs , pursuant to section 18-61, and vicious dogs , pursuant to 18-62 can result on a bar on licensing an ownership of dogs for a specific period of time, if the owner is determined to be a Problem Pet Owner, through the commission of:
- Three separate and unrelated violations of Section 18-61; or
- Two separate and unrelated violations of Section 18-62; or
- Two separate and unrelated violations of Section 18-61 and a separate and unrelated violation of Section 18-62
If you were injured, or a loved one was killed in an attack by a dog in Skokie , or a surrounding area in Illinois , our dog bite and dog attack attorneys will assess whether the dog’s owner is in compliance with local regulations. Contact one of our licensed personal injury or wrongful death attorneys at Zneimer & Zneimer, P.C. today for a free personal injury consultation at (773) 516-4100, or through our website at www.zneimerlaw.com.