West Blocton, AL asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Alabama

Q: My neighbors pit bull chased me and bit my leg while I was walking my dog on her leash down a public street. Can I sue?

Around 9:45 pm on Jan 21,2017, I was walking my dog on her leash down a public side street in my town when a large black or blue blur came running up to me and my dog. I pulled my dog close to me and started to jog away from the dog. The dog then ran around us barking so I turned around to walk back to my house but my dogs leash became tangled around her front leg and I bent down to untangle her when the dog then bit my left lower leg around my shin and calf area. I yelled at the dog and screamed for help and tried to run home but the dog still chased and ran around me. When I made it to the house of the owner of the dog there was 6-8 people outside and I yelled that there dog had just bitten me and they just laughed at me which I responded I was going to call the police and they said go ahead. They called the dog back over to them and I limped up the hill to my house and told my husband. We then tried to talk to the neighbors but to no avail so we went home & called 911.

1 Lawyer Answer
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing

A: Call the local dog warden or whoever enforces leash laws; they'll get a rabies record. Contact a member of the Alabama Assn for Justice--they give free consultations.

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