Galloway Township Dog Bite Lawyer
Call or text me at 609-277-3166
Unfortunately, Galloway Township, New Jersey sees its share of dog bites even though it is the responsibility of the dog’s owner or caregiver to keep the dog under control and prevent attacks. Man’s best friend can severely injure adults and children, often leaving permanent scars in visible areas such as the face or legs. New Jersey has a strict liability statute governing dog bites. Basically, under most circumstances, the dog bite victim does not have to prove the owner or keeper was negligent. If you or your child have been bitten by a dog, contact me, Joseph Monaco, to learn how a Galloway Township Dog Bite Lawyer can protect your rights. I have decades of experience handling dog bite cases.
If you hire me, I will assist you in recovering an award for full monetary compensation. When a viscous dot bite occurs in Galloway Township, it is important to take the proper steps to preserve your rights including immediately identify the attacking dog, mandating rabies testing and working with state or county health officials to ensure the dog is quarantined. If you allow me to be your Galloway Township Dog Bite Lawyer, I will quickly investigate your case including learning whether dog’s owner or keeper will be covered by homeowner’s or other types of insurance.
New Jersey Dog Bite Law
N.J.S.A.. 4:19-16 states:
The owner of any dog which shall bite a person while such person is on or in a public place, or lawfully on or in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, shall be liable for such damages as may be suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of such dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness. For the purpose of this section, a person is lawfully upon the private property of such owner when he is on the property in the performance of any duty imposed upon him by the laws of this state or the laws or postal regulations of the United States, or when he is on such property upon the invitation, express or implied, of the owner thereof.
Galloway Township Dog Ordinances
Chapter 107, Article VI, Section 14-Definitions
Owner: When applied to proprietorship of a dog, means every person having a right of property in that dog and every person who has that dog in his or her keeping
Section 15-Restraint of Dogs
A. Owners, caretakers, guardians or handlers of dogs will exercise diligence and reasonable care to prevent said dogs from leaving their premises regardless of whether their premises is owned, leased or rented. Restraint exists when the dog is:
(1) Enclosed and properly provided for pursuant to N.J.S.A. 4:22-17 within a house, building, properly maintained fence, pen or other enclosure.
(2) Pens or other enclosures for each dog must be four feet in height and square footage as follows:
(3) The pens or other enclosures shall include a soundly constructed, safely positioned and properly maintained doghouse.
(4) Doghouses shall contain bedding such as straw or other absorbent material in a sufficient quantity to provide adequate insulation for the house. Bedding shall be maintained in a dry condition and renewed or changed as necessary.
B. Owners, caretakers, guardians or handlers of dogs will exercise diligence and reasonable care to keep dogs under restraint. In circumstances in which the dogs are not located on premises owned, leased or rented by the caretakers, guardians or handlers, dogs must be handled in a humane manner pursuant N.J.S.A. 4:22-17.
C. Owners, caretakers, guardians or handlers of dogs may attempt to prevent said dogs from leaving the premises by installing an invisible fence. Owners, caretakers, guardians or handlers of dogs are responsible for the maintenance of the invisible fences and shall exercise diligence to keep the fence in proper working order.
D. Kennels, pet shops, shelters and pounds shall comply with the provisions of applicable state statutes and administrative regulations
Section 17-Chaining or Tethering of Dogs
Dogs must be able to move freely when chained or tethered and shall be confined for a period no greater than nine hours within a twenty-four-hour period. The size of the tether or chain must be a minimum of 15 linear feet and shall remain tangle free. Dogs must be equipped with properly fitted harness or buckle-type collars. The tether or chain shall be constructed of lightweight cable. A doghouse shall be accessible to dogs that are chained or tethered.
Working With a Galloway Township Dog Bite Lawyer
I work with dog bite injury victims to protect their rights and establish monetary damages including compensation for medical bills, lost wages, disfigurement and pain and suffering. To get started with a Free Consultation, you may phone or text me at 609-277-3166, or fill out the online contact form. Either way, I am easily accessible.