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Will the Dog Be Put Down If I Report a Bite?

 Posted on July 08, 2022 in Dog Bite Injuries

Chicago dog bite injury attorneyAnimal lovers are often more likely to be bitten by a dog than those who generally dislike dogs. People who love dogs are more likely to approach and try to pet any dog they encounter, while others are more likely to keep their distance from strange pets. If you were recently bitten by a dog, you may be wondering whether reporting the bite and pursuing a claim against the owner could cost the dog its life. Dog lovers often do not want this result, even if the dog in question has caused them harm. 

In Illinois, it is not likely that a dog will be put down simply for biting, especially if it is the animal’s first bite. However, the owner may be subjected to additional restrictions designed to reduce the likelihood of a repeat incident. Reporting the bite is generally the right move, as it not only opens the door for you to recover compensation, but it also may protect someone else in the future from getting bit. 

What Happens to a Dog After It Bites Someone in Illinois?

Generally, after a dog bites or attacks someone, it will need to be placed under supervision for a period of at least ten days. During this time, the dog will be evaluated to determine whether it is dangerous or vicious. It will also be closely watched for any signs of rabies, especially if the owner cannot prove that the dog is vaccinated. 

In almost all cases, the dog will then be returned to its owner. However, if the dog is deemed dangerous or vicious, then there will be additional regulations the owner must follow. A dog will not be deemed vicious if it was protecting a member of the household or its own puppies, responding to pain or provocation, or if the person bitten was trespassing or committing a crime against its owner or their property. 

Additional regulations a dangerous or vicious dog may be subjected to include: 

  • Training - The owner may be required to have their dog trained by an animal behavioral specialist. 
  • Muzzling - A dog who bites may need to be muzzled when it is off its owner’s property
  • Confinement - The owner may be required to keep their dog behind a six-foot fence while it is loose in the yard. The dog may be required to remain on its owner’s property at all times except for trips to the vet or other necessary reasons.
  • Spay/neuter - Dogs not owned by a licensed breeder should be fixed anyway. 

In short, reporting a dog bite and pursuing compensation will almost certainly not cause the dog to be put down, and it could protect other members of the community. 

Contact an Illinois Dog Bite Lawyer

If you have been bitten by a dog, Dog Bite Injury Lawyer - Mevorah Law Offices LLC can help you pursue compensation from the owner. Our experienced Cook County dog bite attorneys will fight for you to receive the compensation you deserve after suffering a dog attack. Call 630-552-6860 for a free consultation. 




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