Lower & Middle Township Dog Bite Lawyer
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When a dog bite happens in Lower or Middle Township, New Jersey, there is considerable risk that it will result in longstanding harm, especially if a child is involved. Unfortunately, dog bites may result in serious personal injury including permanent scarring and nerve damage. Often, post-traumatic stress order can result. That’s why it is important to get a Lower & Middle Township dog bite lawyer with experienced legal help as soon as possible. Call or text me, Joseph Monaco, to learn your rights including how to receive an award of monetary compensation.
Dog Bite Statistics
- Only one in four dog bites are reported to authorities
- A person seeks medical care for a dog bite every 40 seconds
- Every year, over 300,000 dog bite victims require an emergency room visit
- At least two percent of U.S. residents are bitten by a dog each year
- Over half of dog bite victims are kids
- Approximately 60% of dog bites occur in the home
Lower & Middle Townships Dog Bite Liability Laws
New Jersey Statute 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.
Dog Ordinances in Lower Township New Jersey
Ordinance Section 166-1 – Howling or barking dogs; leash law; property damage; restraint of dogs
A. No person shall keep, harbor or maintain any dog which habitually cries, barks, howls, or otherwise disturbs the peace.
B. No person owning, possessing or harboring any dog shall suffer or permit it to be in the public highways or any place in the Township other than on the premises of the possessor, unless such dog is accompanied by a person over the age of 12 years and is securely confined and controlled by an adequate leash not more than six feet in length.
C. No person owning, keeping, or harboring a dog shall permit it or suffer it to do any damage to any person or property or to create a public nuisance.
D. Restraint of dogs.
(1) 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, lease or rented.
(2) 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 to N.J.S.A. 4:22-17.
Ordinance Section 166-7 – Vicious and potentially dangerous dogs.
Seizure and impoundment by Animal Control Officer.
(1) The Animal Control Officer shall seize and impound a dog when the officer had reasonable cause to believe that the dog:
(a) Attacked a person and caused death or serious bodily injury to that person as defined in N.J.S.A. 2C:11-1b;
(b) Caused bodily injury as defined in N.J.S.A. 2C:11-1a to a person during an unprovoked attack and poses a serious threat of harm to persons or domestic animals;
(c) Engaged in dog fighting activities as described in N.J.S.A. 4:22-24 and 4:22-26; or
(d) Has been trained, tormented, badgered, baited or encouraged to engage in unprovoked attacks upon persons or domestic animals.
Dog Ordinances in Middle Township New Jersey
Ordinance Section 121-1 Running at Large Prohibited
A. No dog shall run at large. The owner of any dog shall be responsible to restrain said animal within the boundaries of his/her place of residence unless on leash in compliance with Section 121-8 infra. The owner of said animal shall be responsible if the dog runs at large without regard to whether said owner was negligent or otherwise at fault. The intention of this section is to impose strict liability on each dog owner in the Township of Middle. No intervening cause shall constitute a defense to any violation of this section.
Ordinance Section 121-8 Leashing Required; Hunting Dogs
No person owning, possessing or harboring any dog shall suffer or permit it to be in the public streets or any public place in the Township of Middle unless such dog is accompanied by a person over the age of 12 years and is securely confined and controlled by an adequate leash not more than five feet in length; provided, nevertheless, that properly licensed hunting dogs under the control and supervision of their owner may be used for hunting purposes in the rural or hunting areas within the Township.
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As a New Jersey Trial Lawyer with over 30 years of experience, I take pride in handling dog bite lawsuits. If you have a Lower or Middle Township, New Jersey dog bite lawsuit, call or text me at 609-277-3166 for a Free Consultation. My law firm offers the No Recovery, No Fee Guarantee.