Dog Bite? File a Report With Bloomington Animal Control
If you intend to report an aggressive animal to Bloomington Animal Control, you're not only protecting your interests–you’re helping keep your community safe. It's never easy to put another person's pet at risk of impoundment or, worse, euthanasia, but dog attacks can cause severe emotional and physical trauma to victims and even witnesses.
And if you or a loved one is seriously injured by an aggressive dog, filing a dog bite report with the proper authorities is the first step down the path of taking the owner to small claims court. You can do with the traditional actions involving tedious paperwork, or you can let DoNotPay help you with both.
About Bloomington Animal Control
Bloomington's animal care and control department is responsible for upholding animal-related city ordinances, as well as performing the following functions:
- Investigating cruelty and neglect reports
- Examining aggressive animal and bite reports
- Picking up stray, loose, or injured animals (including wildlife)
- Removing animal carcasses from public roads
Contact Bloomington Animal Control
|Operating Hours||Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday and Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 6 p.m.
|Address||3410 S Walnut Street, Bloomington, IN 47403|
|Online Reporting (Not specific to animal control issues)||https://bloomington.in.gov/ureport/|
Legal Facts About Animal Control in Bloomington, Indiana
Everyone in Indiana who owns pets should be aware of essential ordinances. Those who have been attacked or injured by an animal can file a report if those ordinances are violated and sue the animal owner in small claims court.
Who Is Liable When a Dog Attacks a Person or Pet or Destroys Property?
Unless the animal was otherwise provoked, the owner and handler of the animal in question are responsible for that animal's behavior. Therefore, under most circumstances, you have a good case against the owner if you seek financial compensation for injuries or damaged property.
Do I Need a Specialized Lawyer to File a Dog Bite Lawsuit in Bloomington, Indiana?
How to Report an Animal Incident to Bloomington Animal Control on Your Own
If you have witnessed an animal attack, or if you were the victim of an attack, you must take the time to file an official report with Bloomington Animal Care and Control. Here's how to do it using standard channels:
1. Gather Information
Write down everything you can remember about the incident, and try to include the following information:
- All parties' names and contact information
- Witness' names and contact information
- The badge number and name of any responding law enforcement or animal control officers
- A detailed description of the event, including:
- The offending dog's behavior
- What the victim was doing when the attack began
- Whether the dog handler/owner had physical control over the animal
- Witness statements, if possible
- Reports or bills for medical and veterinary services
- Photographs of any damage or injuries, and print out hard copies if you plan to fax or mail your information.
2. File Your Report
If there was no law enforcement official on-site to take your report, we recommend sending your report via fax, email, or standard postal service. The latter allows you to request delivery confirmation, essential for good record keeping.
- Make sure all your notes are legible and make copies for yourself.
- Contact Bloomington Animal Control and ask the supervisor’s name in charge of reviewing dog attack reports.
- Write a letter that briefly summarizes the information you've gathered, and attach your evidence. Include your daytime contact information and the best time and method of reaching you.
- Personalize your letter to the supervisor and mail it with your documents to the address in the table above.
3. Follow Up
If you haven't heard from Bloomington Animal Control within a week of sending your report, follow up with a phone call. If you learn that the report has indeed been filed, ask for an official copy for your records.
How to Report an Animal-Related Incident With DoNotPay
If you want to report an animal-related injury, but you want to make sure you're doing it right, DoNotPay has you covered in 3 easy steps:
- Search "animal" on DoNotPay, find the Animal Control product, and select whether you've sustained a physical injury.
- Select whether you would like to report this incident to your local government agency, or demand compensation from the pet owner.
- Tell us more about the incident, including when and where you were injured, a description of the animal that caused the injury, and the contact information for the pet owner (if known).
And that's it. DoNotPay will file the demand letter or government report on your behalf with your incident details. You should hear back from them directly with further questions/confirmation regarding your demands.
Does DoNotPay Handle Animal Control Issues in Other Areas?
If you stumbled on this article by accident, you want to know if you can get help in your area filing dog bite reports or pursuing legal action after a dog bite. There's good news: We advocate for subscribers in all 50 U.S. states and local jurisdictions, including these:
- Los Angeles animal control issues
- Atlanta animal control issues
- Miami animal control issues
- Pennsylvania dog bite laws
- California dog bite laws
- Texas animal dog bite laws
- Ohio dog bite laws
Make Filing Your Dog Bite Report Easy With DoNotPay
The sooner you file your dog bite report with Bloomington Animal Control, the sooner you can get on with healing. Try us out today, and tomorrow you can learn about our other consumer and citizen advocacy products. We're like having your very own "robot lawyer"—we're fast, easy, and we get things done right the first time.