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Which Areas in Wisconsin Have Dog Bans to Prevent Dog Bites?

Many areas in Wisconsin have taken action to protect their residents against aggressive dog breeds. Below is a list of local communities that have banned, restricted or declared certain types of dog breeds to be “vicious” or “dangerous.” The full list can be seen at

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Dog Breed Bans in Local WI Communities

Abbotsford Restricts: pit bulls, rottweilers, presa canarios, Rhodesian ridgebacks, mastiffs (all types), tosa inus, dogo argentinos, and fila brasileiros; bans wolf hybrids
Antigo Bans: pit bulls
Arpin Bans: pit bulls
Augusta Restricts: pit bulls, rottweilers and wolf-hybrids
Bloomer Bans: pit bulls
Chetek Restricts: pit bulls and rottweilers
Cudahy Pit bulls declared “dangerous”
Dodgeville Pit bulls declared "vicious"
Fox Lake Bans: pit bulls
Greenwood Bans: pit bulls
Hewitt Bans: pit bulls
Hudson Restricts: pit bulls
Juneau Bans: pit bulls
Lancaster Bans: pit bulls
Mayville Pit bulls declared “vicious”
Milwaukee Restricts: pit bulls and rottweillers
Montello Bans: pit bulls
Neillsville Bans: pit bulls
New Lisbon Bans: pit bulls
Niagra Bans: pit bulls
Oconomowoc Pit bulls declared “vicious”
Ripon Bans: pit bulls
St. Francis Bans: pit bulls
St. Joseph Restricts: pit bulls and wolf hybrids
Shullsburg Pit bulls declared "vicious"
South Milwaukee Bans: pit bulls
Strum Pit bulls and doberman pinschers declared “dangerous”
Town of Ashippun Pit bulls declared "vicious"
Town of Goodman Bans: pit bulls
Town of Hammond Restricts: pit bulls
Town of Leroy Bans: pit bulls
Town of Somerset Pit bulls and wolf hybrids declared "dangerous"
Village of Argyle Restricts: Pit bulls, presa canarios, rottweilers, Rhodesian ridgebacks and mastiff breeds
Village of Baldwin Bans: pit bulls
Village of Bear Creek Bans: pit bulls
Village of Benton Pit bulls declared "vicious"
Village of Biron Pit bulls declared "vicious"
Village of Bonduel Pit bulls and wolf hybrids declared "vicious"
Village of Brandon Bans: pit bulls
Village of Brownsville Bans: pit bulls
Village of Cadott Bans: pit bulls
Village of Clyman Restricts: pit bulls
Village of Dane Bans: pit bulls
Village of Dickeyville Bans: pit bulls and rottweilers
Village of Dresser Pit bulls declared “vicious”
Village of Fall Creek Restricts: pit bulls
Village of Fall River Bans: pit bulls
Village of Gilman Bans: pit bulls
Village of Hazel Green Bans: pit bulls
Village of Hewitt Bans: pit bulls
Village of Neshkoro Pit bulls declared "dangerous"
Village of Plum City Restricts: pit bulls
Village of Pulaski Bans: pit bulls
Village of Stratford Bans: pit bulls
Village of Westfield Bans: pit bulls
Village of White Lake Restricts: pit bulls and wolf hybrids
Village of Wittenberg Pit bulls declared "vicious"
Village of Woodville Bans: pit bulls
Village of Wrightstown Pit bulls declared “vicious”
Washburn Bans: pit bulls and presa canarios
Washington County Pit bulls declared "vicious"
Waterloo Pit bulls declared “vicious”
Waunakee Bans: pit bulls
Weyauwega Bans: pit bulls
Windsor Pit bulls declared "dangerous breed"
Yorkville Bans: pit bulls


If You've Been Attacked by a Dog in Wisconsin, Call a Lawyer

Pitbull & Dog Bans Wisconsin
Many towns and cities in Wisconsin have outright banned pitbulls and other dog breeds
Injured by a dog bite? get a free case consultation

As a personal injury law firm representing victims injured by dog bites, we’ve seen a number of dog bite incidents that caused serious injuries. A serious bite injury is one that breaks the skin, although dog attacks can also cause injury by knocking someone over. 

If you've been bitten by a dog in Wisconsin, don't count on a promise from the dog's owner to make things right. Get a lawyer. Attorney Caya and his associates will get you full restitution for your injuries, or you won't owe us a thing. 

How does the law define a “dangerous” or “vicious” dog?

According to Blacks Law Dictionary 589 (10th jed. 2015), a dog can be legally classified as "dangerous" or "vicious" based upon its actions, its breed, or the actions of its owner, either before or after an official hearing, pursuant to the law of the jurisdiction where the dog is present.

In an effort to make communities feel safer, many jurisdictions have singled out breeds with a history of aggression as being “dangerous” or “vicious.” In some areas, these breeds are restricted or banned outright. Dog breeds classified as dangerous or vicious are required to be kept in the manner outlined by law—which can include muzzling the dog in public. Dog owners can be fined or jailed for violations, and dogs can be euthanized.

Have young children at home? Check out these tips for keeping children safe from dog bites.

Why are pit bulls on every list of dangerous dogs?

While aficionados of pit bulls claim their dogs are nothing but sunshine and sweetness (and many are), this breed takes the prize for being the most dangerous. Statistically speaking, pit bulls accounted for 66% of all mauling deaths in America from 2005 through 2017, followed by Rottweillers at 10%.

Whether pit bulls are inherently more aggressive than other breeds is a controversial topic, with no clear consensus on either side of the debate. What is clear, however, is that when pit bulls bite, they inflict far more damage than other breeds. Their “hold and shake” style of biting causes severe damage to muscle and bone. Injuries are often permanent and disfiguring. Their notoriously tenacious hold makes it nearly impossible to break up an attack without a firearm.

Representation from an attorney who understands personal injury law first-hand

Injury attorney Steve Caya has been an injured victim of a motorcycle crash and understands the anxiety of the moments, hours, and days after suffering an accident through no fault of your own. If you've been injured from a dog bite, car crash, or other accident you need professional legal counsel to win the compensation you deserve.

Our law firm offers free case evaluations to injured victims anywhere in Wisconsin - if you can't make it to our Janesville law office we'll gladly come to you to discuss your case.

If you have been bitten or mauled by a dog and want to know your options, contact our personal injury lawyers in Janesville and Beloit.