As Toledo dog bite lawyers, our office was pleased with the Supreme Court's decision upholding Toledo's pit bull ordinance as constitutional. The decision was a major victory for Lucas County Dog Warden Tom Skeldon and people across the state who are concerned about the dangerous pit bulls create if not properly confined and handled. The city's law requires pit bull owners to do things such as properly confine the dogs, not own more than one, and place muzzles and certain types of leashes on them when they're walked. A local man had challenged the ordinance after he had been cited for a violation. Toledo Municipal Court Judge Francis X. Gorman ruled the law constitutional after extensive hearings. The Sixth District Court of Appeals reversed that ruling, which led to the Supreme Court's review. The Supreme Court held that Toledo and Ohio lawmakers have the ability to regulate ownership of pit bulls as an exercise of their police powers. The Court found that Toledo's ordinance was rationally related to a legitimate governmental interest so it was constitutional. Mr. Skeldon was the driving force behind Toledo's law and he's been a champion of stricter pit bull laws at the state level. He, better than anyone in the county, understands what a problem pit bulls present in this city and the dangers they create. The number of pit bulls his deputies have captured continues to climb each year despite aggressive enforcement of city and state laws. Other communities that have not addressed the pit bull problem are paying the price now. At our office, we handled dog-bite cases on a frequent basis and most of them involve pit bulls. When pits bite, they grab and hold, which can cause more serious injuries. Any law that places reasonable restrictions on pit bull ownership is positive as far as we're concerned. To read the Supreme Court's decision, click here. Read more coverage about the case in the Toledo Blade.
If you or someone you know has been invovled in a dog bite accident we encourage you to please contact our Toledo, OH dog bite attorneys at 419.241.1395, toll free at 800.637.8170, or by clicking the previous link.
Tips from the Humane Society on how to prevent a dog bite include standing still instead of running away from an approaching dog and refraining from waving arms or yelling at the animal.
If a dog is starting to attack you, the American Kennel Club instructs the victim to curl up on the ground in the fetal position, using the hands to cover the face and major arteries in the neck, and not to make eye contact with the dog.
The AKC also recommends leaving alone dogs that are sleeping, eating, or caring for their puppies in order to prevent personal injury from dog bites. Encourage children to ask permission before petting any dog, and never leave a child unattended with animals.
The Toledo City Paper recognized the publication of Toledo, Ohio dog bite attorneys Chuck Boyk, Michael Bruno, and Dale Emch’s new The Ohio Dog Bite Book released earlier this summer. The article ran in the free weekly paper in the August 27-September 2, 2008 issue.
The article describes how the Ohio Dog Bite Book offers advice and tips to those suffering personal injury from a dog bite. Describing how our Toledo, Ohio dog bite attorneys are “teaming up to take a bite out of dog bites,” the article went on to explain that the “Toledo trio created the book to help people through the unfamiliar and uncomfortable experience of seeking fair compensation after an attack.”
Personal injuries from dog bites can have devastating affects on a person, especially when the dog bite victim is a small child. Open wounds, permanent scarring, emotional distress, and a lasting fear of animals are just a few of the problems that can arise from dog bites.
If you or someone you love has suffered a dog bite, learn the steps to take after the dog bite to ensure maximum recovery by contacting our law office by clicking HERE or calling 800.637.8170 in order to get your free copy of The Ohio Dog Bite Book.
Toledo, Ohio dog bite attorney Dale Emch defends Lucas County Dog Warden Tom Skeldon in his recent Toledo Blade op-ed piece, “Skeldon does his duty, tells it like it is.”
As Dale’s column points out, Tom Skeldon works to prevent dog bites and dog attacks by strongly enforcing Toledo’s pit bull laws. Pit bulls, the only breed classified as vicious in the State of Ohio, can cause serious personal injury to victims. The difference in a pit bull bite is the strength of the dog’s locking jaws and the power that comes from their back legs when pits shake their victims. Mr. Skeldon, as well as our Toledo, Ohio dog bite attorneys, recognize this, which is why we continue to support the Lucas County Dog Warden, and his stance on pit bulls.
We also have written The Ohio Dog Bite Book, which outlines what you should do in the event of an Ohio dog bite. If you or someone you know has suffered from a dog bite, it is important know the proper steps to take. Seek medical treatment immediately, and take photos of the injury. Notify the authorities, including your area Dog Warden. If an insurance company contacts you, do not make any statements or sign any medical authorizations before consulting an attorney.
To learn more about these tips and what to do in the event of a dog bite, contact our office to order The Ohio Dog Bite Book by calling 800.637.8170 or by clicking here.