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Dog Bite this week. Hope not! May 23, 2008

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in FAQ Personal Injury.
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This week was dog bite prevention week in Rock County.  Please take this opportunity to make sure your dogs (and other pets for that matter) behave and are safe and sound.

Keep this in mind: Rock County officials have said that children from newborn to 10 years old are the most common dog bite victims in Rock County.  I can’t imagine these statistics differ much from county to county across Wisonsin. 

The Rock County officials go on to state that 84% of Rock County’s dog bites are to the face, neck or head.  From my person injury practice I’d add arms/hands to the mix.  Usually, there are defensive injuries. 

In any event, be careful this week.  Tie your dog up, keep him or her on a leash when you go for walk and make sure your animals are up to date on all of their rabbies shots. 

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Jon Groth is a Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney handling cases throughout Wisconsin and most recently in Milton, Wauwatosa, Janesville and Beloit.

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.