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East Chicago, Indiana Dog Bite Lawyer

East Chicago – Lawyer Office – Dog Bite Lawyer – Vicious Animal Attack

Dog Bite Laws in the East Chicago, Indiana

Black Dog RunningAn unprovoked bite by a dog or cat does not necessarily mean that the dog or cat is dangerous or vicious. In the United States, all dogs and house cats, regardless of breed or size, are presumed to be harmless domestic animals. This presumption can be overcome with proof of a dangerous propensity as demonstrated by specific conduct of that particular animal.  A dangerous propensity is the tendency of an animal to act to endanger the safety of people or other animals. Depending on the facts of a dog or cat bite case, that dog’s or cat’s biting of a person can be used as evidence of that animal’s viciousness.

The City of East Chicago has decided that bit pull dogs are a dangerous animal that presents a real danger to the citizens of that community.  According to ordinance number 3453; section 5-41 Liability: “Every owner of a Pit Bull, shall at all times maintain in full force and effect a liability insurance policy of $1,000,000 during the time he/she has the dog. The dog must, at all times, be confined indoors or in a securely and enclosed/locked pen with either a top or sides six feet high. If the dog is not confined it should be muzzled and kept on a leash with the owner or custodian in attendance.”  The City of East Chicago further requires under §90.103 CONFINEMENT OF PIT BULLS that (A) Because of the pit bull’s inbred propensity to attack other animals, and because of the danger posed to humans and animals alike by a pit bull when running loose or while running together in a pack situation, pit bulls must at all times be securely confined indoors, or confined in a securely and totally enclosed or locked pen, with either a top or with sides six feet high. (B) At any time that a pit bull is not confined as required in division (A) above of this section, the dog shall be muzzled in a manner as to prevent it from biting or injuring any person or animal, and kept on a leash with the owner or custodian in attendance.  (C) An exception to this section is provided for any pit bull in attendance at, and participating in, any lawful dog show, contest or exhibition sponsored by a dog club, association, society or similar organization.  (D) An exception to this section is provided for any pit bull when the dog is actually engaged in the sport of hunting in authorized areas and supervised by a competent person.

The City of East Chicago defines RESTRAINT of an animal as controlled by a leash, at heel beside a competent person and obedient to that person’s commands, on or within the property limits of the owner or keeper of that animal.

Under § 90.008 INJURING PROPERTY OF OTHERS.  The City of East Chicago states that it is unlawful for any person having charge, care and custody of any dog or animal to permit or suffer the same to escape or go upon any private lands or premises or to browse upon, trample upon or otherwise mangle, eat, injure, break or destroy any lawn, parkway, flower bed, plant, tree, flower, shrubbery or other lawn or house decoration of another without permission of the owner of the premises.

Under §90.045 RESTRAINT GENERALLY. The City of East Chicago states that owners shall keep his or her dog under restraint at all times and shall not permit the dog to be at large, off the premises or property of the owner, unless under the control of a competent person. The owner shall confine within a building or secure enclosure every dog of fierce, dangerous or vicious propensities and not take a dog out of the building or secure enclosure.

Under §90.046 DOGS IN PARKS PROHIBITED.  The City of East Chicago does not allow any person to bring or lead any dog in city parks.

Under §90.047 CARE OF DOGS KEPT OUTSIDE.  The City of East Chicago states that dogs which are kept outside must be kept within a fenced enclosure of sufficient structure to keep the dog confined therein at all times or, if no fenced enclosure is provided, the dog shall be tied on a rope or chain of sufficient strength of not less than 12 feet in length. The dog shall be provided with a sturdy doghouse to protect the dog from weather, with sufficient bedding and ample supply of food and water every day. The premises at all times shall be kept clean and in sanitary condition so that there shall not be any offal, filth or offensive smells to be collected or remain in or about the premises to the danger or prejudice of others or the public.

Under §90.048 NUISANCES DECLARED.  The City of East Chicago states that any dog is declared to be a nuisance which: (A) Shall cause serious annoyance or disturbance to the neighborhood or any of the residents therein by its loud, frequent, habitual or continued barking, howling or yelping; or (B) Demonstrates aggressive or vicious propensities or temperament, bites or injures a person or other animal.

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About East Chicago, Indiana

East Chicago MapThe City of East Chicago is located in Northwest Indiana and was incorporated in 1893 as a city. The name of the city is due to its location east of the City of Chicago.  The City of East Chicago has a stable population of nearly 30,000 with a balanced mixture of heavy industrial, commercial and residential properties.  The City of East Chicago has a long history of both industrial production as well as political corruption.  During WW I, the City of East Chicago became commonly referred to as the “Arsenal of America” with the South-Shore Railroad becoming commonly known as “Workshop of America.”  The reason for these names was mainly due to the fact that a large number of steel mills were located there which included: Republic Steel, Youngstown Steel, LaSalle Steel, and U.S. Steel.  The City of East Chicago is run by a mayor as well as a 9-member city council with East Chicago’s City Hall being located at 4527 Indianapolis Blvd., East Chicago, Indiana.

The City of East Chicago still has its own court known as the East Chicago City Court which is located in at 2301 E. Columbus Drive, East Chicago, Indiana.  The East Chicago City Court hears a limited number of cases that included: certain misdemeanors, tickets/infractions and ordinance violations.