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What should I do if bitten by a dog at a Madison pet store?

Many large pet stores like PETCO and PETSMART encourage pet owners to bring their dogs and cats to the store. Even smaller pet stores often allow pets. While this may be good business, it also increases the possibility of a Wisconsin dog bite attack.

If you are attacked by a dog while shopping at a Madison pet store, you should take the following steps to protect your health and your legal rights:

  • Alert a store employee immediately. Ask the manager to call 911.
  • Identify the dog. Ask the manager to get the dog owner’s name and contact information. The owner will be able to provide immunization records for the dog. Without these records, you may have to undergo painful rabies vaccination. You will also need this information to file your Wisconsin dog bite claim.
  • Get the names and numbers of any witnesses.
  • Get medical attention for your Wisconsin dog bite injuries. Follow your doctor’s instructions.
  • Take pictures of your injuries. If you can, take pictures of the scene where the dog attack occurred.
  • Report the dog attack to the store and to animal control.
  • Do not give the insurance company any information about the attack or your injuries. Do not sign any papers.
  • Save copies of all your medical bills and any paperwork related to your injuries.
  • Contact an experienced Wisconsin dog bite attorney.

If you were attacked by a dog at a Wisconsin pet store, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Wisconsin dog bite law holds dog owners accountable for any injuries caused by their dog, even if it is the first time the dog has ever attacked. However, you may also have a claim against the pet store.

Time is critical after a dog bite attack. Your Wisconsin dog bite claim must be filed within three years of the date of injury. However, the longer you wait, the more likely that evidence will be destroyed. It is best to contact a dog bite lawyer in Madison as soon as possible after a dog attack. To get started, please call Hupy and Abraham at 888-277-4879.