Under this statute, a person injured by a dog can recover damages against the dog’s owner if he or she proves:
Under the statute, the plaintiff need not prove negligence. In order to recover under the common law, the plaintiff must prove that the dog owner was negligent at the time of the injury.
A vicious dog is one that:
Vicious dogs must be enclosed in a fence or structure at least 6 feet high that prevents entry of young children and prevents escape of the animal. The only times a vicious dog is allowed outside the enclosure are to go to the vet or to comply with a court order. During these times, the dog must be securely muzzled and restrained with a chain having a tensile strength of 300 pounds and not exceeding 3 feet in length.
A “dangerous dog” is any dog which when either unmuzzled, unleashed, or unattended by its owner, or member of its owner’s family, in a vicious or terrorizing manner, approaches any person in an apparent attitude of attack upon the streets, sidewalks, or any public place.
In Illinois, each county regulates the liability of dangerous dog owners.
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