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Dogs are known for being great companions. This is why they are called a man’s best friend. They truly are there for us through thick and thin. But is this true for all dogs? Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Dogs that are strays, mistreated, or abused can lash out. These dogs can often bite innocent people.

Because dogs are so common, it is important that you understand when a dog may be aggressive. Most dogs will show some sort of aggression before they bite. When a dog is showing signs of aggression you should take precautions to avoid him. Some of the signs that a dog is acting in an aggressive manner include:

  • A still and rigid posture
  • Barking in a threatening way
  • Lunging or charging
  • Growling and showing teeth (snarling)
  • Snapping teeth
  • Nipping at a person
  • Hair standing up
  • “Muzzle punching” (hitting with the snout)
  • Showing teeth

If you encounter an unfamiliar dog that is showing any sign of aggression, stay away. It is not worth being injured or killed by a dog attack. Dog bites in Wisconsin can be very severe, often leading not only to flesh wounds but also infection as well. Call your nearest animal control station and let trained professionals handle the dog.

Perhaps you have encountered a stray dog and were bitten. If this is the case, you will need a consultation with an experienced Wisconsin dog bite attorney at Hupy and Abraham to get you the compensation you deserve. Call 800-800-5678 today for a fee case evaluation and to discuss your legal options.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham
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