Law Offices of Tom Plouff
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For a dog bite case in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois, there can be a case alleging a vilatin of the Animal Control Acrt.  In order to establish such a case the injured person must prove: (1) injury caused by an animal owned by the defendant; (2) the lack of provocation; (3) peaceable conduct of the person injured; and (4) the presence of the injured person in a place where he has a legal right to be.

The Animal Control Act defines “owner” as “any person having a right of property in a dog or other animal, or who keeps or harbors a dog or other animal, or who has it in his care, or acts as its custodian, or who knowingly permits a dog or other domestic animal to remain on or about any premise occupied by him.”  Ordinarily if a dog is on the defendant’s premises, the defendant will be considered the owner, however, owner has been consistently construed to involve some measure of care, custody or control.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by a dog or other animal in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois, and are interested in reviewing your legal options, please feel free to contact me.