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Should you report an attack to animal control?

There are plenty of dog owners in Illinois. That means that there are also plenty of opportunities for you to accidentally be bitten by someone's dog. You may be considering not reporting an attack to animal control because it seems like too much hassle, or because the bite is small, but we at the Law Office of Kerley & Associates would like to provide you with reasons why you shouldn't skip out on this vital reporting.

First of all, it's important for you to report your attack to animal control because it helps them out. One organization can't keep tabs on every dog in the city, but it's important for them to be aware of which ones are aggressive. You don't know if your attack was random, due to circumstances or a fluke, or if it's the result of a very aggressive dog acting out on its instinct. Reporting to animal control will allow them to document the dog as a potential aggressive risk.

Additionally, the vaccination history and owner of the dog can be determined if you turn it in to animal control. This is good for a number of reasons. Not only will it put you in direct contact with the owner if you need to discuss legal matters or compensation, but it will allow you to know if the dog is stray or not, and how healthy it is. This is vital in determining if you're at risk for certain illnesses which can be transfered via bite.

If you want to take a more in-depth look at dog bites and attacks, you can visit our web page. You will be able to find more useful information there, like what you should do in the event of getting bitten or what sort of compensation you could receive for your hardship and suffering.

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