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A dog bit me at an Iowa park. The dog had a yellow ribbon on it. What does that mean and will it impact my recovery?

A yellow ribbon is a symbol that a dog should be approached with caution. These dogs aren’t always aggressive, but they may need space because they are sick, injured, nervous, or undergoing training. It may also mean that the dog is uncomfortable around children.

The yellow ribbon is part of the Yellow Dog Project. The program was started in Canada in September 2012 and spread to 45 countries, mostly through Facebook posts. If you don’t know what a yellow ribbon means, you are not alone. The Facebook page has only 120,068 fans worldwide as of October 2016.

A Yellow Ribbon Is Not a Waiver of Responsibility

A dog wears a yellow ribbon to signify that it needs space, but this does not mean it is okay to take the dog to a highly populated area. It certainly doesn’t give an owner permission to take a potentially dangerous dog to an Iowa park or playground without fear of being found liable for any injuries caused by the dog.

A yellow ribbon does not make a dog bite victim responsible for the dog’s behavior. Preventing dog bites is a dog owner’s responsibility regardless of where in Iowa a dog bite occurs or what color ribbon the dog is wearing.

However, a yellow ribbon does mean that the owner is aware of the dog’s problems. When a dog owner puts his nervous pet in a potentially stressful situation, he is knowingly putting others at risk and is responsible for the consequences.

But You Still Need to Take Action to Get the Damages You Deserve

In Iowa, the dog owner is liable for dog bite injuries. However, it can be hard to get a dog owner to take responsibility for his pet’s actions. Hupy and Abraham can help. We can negotiate with the dog owner’s insurance company or attorney, we can make sure that your lawsuit is filed correctly before the statute of limitations expires, and we can make sure that all of your legal rights are protected. Call us at 1-800-800-5678 to schedule your free consultation.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham