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West Allis, WI: Vicious Dogs Banned? December 17, 2008

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in Dog Attack Information.
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Considering what I’ve written about in the past I don’t know how I CAN’T write about the saga of the Pit Bull ban in West Allis. 

As you’ve probably read on the AP Wire the City President exercised his first veto on a proposal to ban Pit Bulls in West Allis (it banned any new pit bulls but allowed current Pit Bulls to stay).  The West Allis Common Council voted for the ban on December 2nd.  The ban would have been the first of its kind in the Milwaukee area.

Because of the veto the Common Council is considering other options:

The Common Council is considering a new ordinance to clamp down on dogs in the city considered vicious

A vote is supposed to occur very soon.  I’ll keep you updated on anything that I see in the news.

 Jon Groth is a Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney handling cases throughout Wisconsin and most recently in Fond du lac, West Bend, Kenosha and Wauwatosa.

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Happy Pit Bull Awareness Day October 24, 2008

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in Dog Attack Information.
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Yes, the day has finally arrived!  Tomorrow is Pit Bull Awareness day. 

Celebrate responsibly.

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Pit Bulls: Man’s Best Friend? Probably Not. April 28, 2008

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in FAQ Personal Injury.
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Pit Bulls, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Terriers or just plain Pits.  Whatever they are called most often it is preceded by “I just got bit by a…”  At least that is how most dog bite phone calls to my office begin. 

Recently I have had a great number of phone calls from victims of Dog Bites in Wisconsin.  Pit Bull bites to be exact.  Don’t get me wrong, I have handled cases where Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Labs and other dogs bite.   But, the breed of dog that has bit my clients the most is probably Pits or Pit mixes. 

So, when I read the article this morning about the Village of Arpin (Wood County, Wisconsin) banning Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes I was not surprised. 

Honestly, I don’t have a problem with this.  It’s our government at work  (i.e. Federalism).  Local governments doing what they think is right for their community.  Arpin can’t ban Pit Bulls in Waukesha.  And Waukesha can’t ban German Shepherds in Arpin.  But, Arpin certainly can protect its citizens from what they see as a dangerous animal.

After listening to the calls I’ve recently heard about Pit Bull dog bites I’d probably feel a little safer vacationing in Wood County this summer.

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Jon Groth is a Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney handling cases throughout Wisconsin and most recently in Muskego, De Pere, Oconomowoc and Portage.