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The Dangers of Unleashed Dogs

Published on August 16th, 2012

Illinois has strict laws mandating the use of leashes for dogs on city streets. Though some dog owners feel these laws are overly restrictive or unfair, they are grounded in very real concerns for avoiding danger and injury to both humans and other animals. Read on to learn about some of the possible dangers of unleashed dogs.

  • Injuries to humans: Above all, the foremost danger of an unleashed dog is the possibility that it can attack people. With no restraint of any kind, dogs are free to interact with humans as they choose, and dogs may view people approaching them as a challenge for dominance, leading to a violent altercation and serious injury. Additionally, off-leash dogs are even more dangerous because they can chase anyone who tries to escape them. Unleashed dogs have been known to follow victims and continue to attack them as they try to leave.
  • Dangers to other animals. Off-leash dogs can approach dogs, cats, or other animals that they find, and they may fight with them or injure them. Owners whose dogs attack other pets may find themselves responsible for the vet bills that result. Dogs that are unleashed may also experience injury themselves—many owners keep their dogs leashed because they are aggressive and will attack others, but cannot stop unleashed dogs from approaching.
  • Car accidents. On busy city streets, dogs that run in front of cars may be killed. Unleashed dogs may also be the cause of car accidents as conscientious drivers try to avoid them and collide with other vehicles, leading to injury. Both of these outcomes can be avoided simply by keeping the dog on a leash.

Unleashed dogs of any breed can cause injury, property damage, and tragic events. If you’ve been injured because of someone else’s careless behavior with their pet, call Shea Law Group. Our dog bite attorneys can help you during this difficult time. Dial (773) 365-0040 to reach our office in Chicago.

 

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