Skokie Considers Stricter Animal Law

The Village of Skokie is considering enacting a stricter municipal law regarding vicious animals after a loose pit bull attacked three other dogs, killing them.  The dogs were attacked in Morton Grove and Skokie.  A representative from the Village of Skokie said that if the proposal passes, fines against offending homeowners would jump from $200 to $500.  The representative stated that the ordinance is not targeted against pit bulls.  Regardless of the outcome of the new municipal ordinance, under Illinois state law, a dog owner can be held strictly liable if their animal attacks a person.  This is a much easier standard for an injured party compared to ordinary negligence law.