Most of us have gotten at least one ticket in our lives. Chances are it was for something relatively minor, like going a few miles over the speed limit or jaywalking. For the vast majority of us, whatever we were ticketed for didn’t cause injury or death to anyone else. We learned our lesson and we moved on.
A Chicago man recently received two tickets, but what he did was a lot more than jaywalk. In fact, his actions were indirectly responsible for the death of a five year old boy. The ticketed man’s dog attacked and killed the boy on May 25th, 2015, after he allowed the dangerous animal to run free.
After a brief investigation into the incident, the dog owner received the following punishments for the actions of his dog:
- A citation for owning an unlicensed animal
- A citation for failure to have current rabies vaccinations for the animal
- A warning to be careful with his animal around other people
That was it. The man received the same punishment as you might get for parking three hours in a two hour zone. The family is understandably angry, but have little recourse with the police.
The family has only one option to ensure that justice is done, and that is to retain an attorney. The owner of the dangerous dog will certainly continue to allow his animal access to vulnerable individuals unless someone stops him, and the courts are the only way a person can compel such behavior.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an attack by a dog, it is important that you too retain an attorney. All too often owners of dangerous animals continue to allow their animals to menace the community. In Chicago, even the death of a child was not enough to put a stop to this dangerous behavior. Only an experienced attorney can help you take the necessary steps to protect your community.