The headline sounds too good to be true, but you can watch the incident here (warning: video may not be for the faint of heart, as it depicts a four-year-old being bitten by a dog, and a cat chasing the dog away). This incident took place in Bakersfield, California. The labrador/chow mix dog had escaped from the neighbor’s house and bit the four-year-old with mild autism in the leg while he was riding his bike. Thankfully, while the boy was being dragged by the dog, Tara the cat came in to save the day and prevent further injury. The boy was treated for the injury with several stitches and recovered from the incident.
In Wisconsin, the legislature enacted a statute to impose liability on the owner of a dog that injures another person. Wisconsin Statute 174.02 provides that when a dog injures a person, the owner of the dog is liable for the injury caused by the dog. If the dog has injured another person in the past and the owner knows of this injury, the owner of the dog is liable for double damages to the injured party. Also, if the dog has exhibited this pattern of aggression and injury, then a court can order a dog be euthanized.
In short, in Wisconsin, if you or a loved one are injured by a dog, you have a claim against the owner, and if the dog has injured someone or something else, then you have a claim for twice the amount of damage the dog caused. You should contact a lawyer to evaluate your claim.