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 www.dogsbite.org.
|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
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.