I pepper sprayed a large off-leash dog that was approaching me and my dog on the sidewalk. The dog owner has filed a complaint saying I committed animal abuse and that the dog was under the complainant's control. It is against Chicago ordinance for dogs to be off leash. Do I need a lawyer?
You definitely should hire an attorney to get the best possible plea agreement or outcome for your case.
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It has got to be against city ordinance to have a dog off of the leash-even one under voice command. However, I am unaware of the law in your area.
Just reading your problem though-it sure sounds reasonable what you did-the dog must have been approaching with speed and aggression I assume?
Find a good animal law lawyer in your area. At the very least why don't you file a complaint for dog off of leash, aggressive animal etc? Turn the tables and attack (so to speak)!
Best of luck to you!
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Consult with an attorney, licensed in your jurisdiction, who is experienced in this area of law. Many lawyers, in a majority of jurisdictions, provide free initial consultations; see if there are any in your area.
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