Morgantown, WV asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for West Virginia

Q: was bit by a dog and it left puncture wounds and bruising. I called police and it is going to court. why?

was walking down sidewalk and a dog was chained to their front yard and was able to reach the sidewalk and bite me leaving teeth marks through my clothes and bit hard enough to draw blood.

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A: It appears that there is some kind of administrative action pending regarding this incident. There may even be a criminal action but it is most likely just an administrative action. You can still pursue your own civil claim or case regardless of the pursuit or result of the admnistrative case by government officials. Good luck.

A: At this point, it sounds like the dog may be the subject of a hearing a hearing to determine if the dog is vicious or not. The City of Morgantown or Monongalia may have a vicious dog ordinance which applies in your situation. You still have a case against the owner or keeper of the dog, and should consult an attorney.

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