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Staying Safe around Strange Dogs

The law is clear: responsibility for an unprovoked dog attack lies with the dog’s owner. It does not matter if the dog showed any previous signs of aggression, or if the owner intended for his or her pet to be a danger. All pet owners have a duty to make sure their animals do not become a hazard for others.

However, we can all take steps to reduce our own chances of being bitten by a neighborhood dog. At the offices of Milwaukee dog bite injury lawyers Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® we are not just committed to helping victims of negligent actions. We also want to reduce the rate of injuries in our community through education.

Please keep the following tips in mind whenever you encounter a dog you do not know. If you have been hurt by a dog bite, call our offices at (414) 271-0900 to discuss your grounds for compensation.

Protecting Yourself

If you have an encounter with a strange dog, try to follow as many of these steps as the situation allows:

  • If you would like to pet the dog, always ask the owner first. If the owner is not present or the dog is a stray, it is best not to touch it at all. If the owner gives permission, let the dog smell your hand before petting it lightly.
  • If the dog’s posture is relaxed but you would prefer to avoid it, continue walking calmly without saying anything. Running or shouting would encourage the dog to chase you.
  • If the dog seems aggressive (ears back, growling, etc) it is very important not to run. That would only encourage it to chase you. Do not make any sudden movements. Simply walk away.

Unfortunately, following advice like this is not always enough to avoid a dog attack. If you have been bitten by a dog you were not hurting, it is not your fault. Our Milwaukee dog attack lawyers can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.

Contact Us

In the event of a dog attack, the dog’s owner can be liable for the victim’s medical bills, missed work, suffering, and more. To discuss your legal options with a knowledgeable Milwaukee dog bite lawyer, contact Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at (414) 271-0900.