Skokie Considers Stricter Animal Law
Posted on May 29, 2012 by Eugene Hollander
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.