Statute in Full:
(1) The owner of any domestic animal, including a ranch mink, when it is proven that a dog forcibly entered an enclosure in which the mink was kept, which is attacked, chased, injured, or killed by a dog may, within 3 days after the owner has knowledge or notice thereof, file a written claim for damages with the clerk of the town, village, or city in which the damage occurred or, if it occurred in a town or village, with the chairperson of such town or the president of such village. The form of the claim may be prescribed by the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection. Upon presentation of a claim the supervisors of the town, the board of trustees of the village, or the common council of the city, or a committee appointed for that purpose by the supervisors, the board of trustees, or the common council shall promptly investigate the claim and may subpoena witnesses, administer oaths, and take testimony relative to the claim and shall within 30 days after the filing of the claim make, certify, and return to the county clerk or, in a county in which an agreement under s. 174.10(2) is in effect, to the intergovernmental commission the claim, a report of the investigation, the testimony taken, and the amount of damages suffered by the owner of the domestic animal.
(a) The form of the report and certification under sub. (1) may be prescribed by the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection, and shall be subscribed by the supervisors, board, or committee making the report and certification.
(b) Except as provided in par. (c), the county clerk shall submit to the county board at its first meeting, following the receipt of any such claim, all claims filed and reported, and the claims shall be acted upon and determined by the county board as other claims are determined and acted upon. Except as provided in par. (c), the amount of damages filed and reported to the county clerk shall be prima facie proof of the actual damages sustained, but evidence may be taken before the county board relative to the claims as in other cases, and appeals from the action of the county board shall lie as in other cases.
(c) In a county in which an agreement under s. 174.10(2) is in effect, the intergovernmental commission shall act upon and determine all claims filed and reported under sub. (1).
(d) On appeal from the action of the county board or, in a county in which an agreement under s. 174.10(2) is in effect, from the action of the intergovernmental commission, the trial shall be by the court without a jury.
(3) The claims shall be solely against the dog license fund and shall create no other liability on the part of the county.
(4) Subject to sub. (5), the county board or, in a county in which an agreement under s. 174.10(2) is in effect, the intergovernmental commission shall allow, as the amount of a claim for a domestic animal, including a ranch mink, killed by a dog, the amount determined to be the fair market value of the domestic animal, including a ranch mink, on the date the death occurred. Subject to sub. (5), the county board or, in a county in which an agreement under s. 174.10(2) is in effect, the intergovernmental commission shall allow, as the amount of a claim for a domestic animal, including a ranch mink, injured by a dog, the amount determined to be the total of the costs resulting from the injury including a loss in fair market value but the total amount of the claim may not exceed the fair market value. No claim may be paid to any person who has failed to pay a dog tax on an assessable dog.
(5) A county board may, by ordinance, establish the maximum amount that may be allowed for a claim under this section and may establish different maximums for different species of animals.
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HISTORICAL AND STATUTORY NOTES
1998 Main Volume
L.1919, c. 527.
St.1919, § 1629.
L.1921, c. 438, § 2.
L.1923, c. 291, § 3.
St.1923, § 174.11.
L.1929, c. 119.
L.1935, c. 550, § 413.
L.1937, c. 92.
L.1939, c. 79.
L.1943, c. 229.
L.1949, c. 108.
L.1951, c. 491.
L.1957, c. 244.
L.1965, c. 235, § 2.
L.1969, c. 276, § 583, eff. Dec. 28, 1969.
L.1977, c. 29, § 1650m(4), eff. July 1, 1977.
L.1981, c. 285, § 19, eff. May 1, 1982.
1983 Act 451, § 21, eff. May 18, 1984.
1989 Act 56, § 258, eff. Nov. 16, 1989.
1993 Act 154, §§ 5 to 7, eff. April 1, 1994.
1995 Act 316, §§ 2, 3, eff. May 16, 1996.
2003 Act 133, §§ 17 to 20, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.