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Alpena County Dog Bite Lawyers: Lawsuits & Settlements

Alpena County Dog Bite LawyersOur dog bite lawyers can help you if you were injured in an Alpena County dog bite attack. These attacks often result in serious injuries, including lacerations, puncture wounds, nerve damage, and broken bones.  Dog bite victims incur hospital and medical expenses for their treatment and often need plastic surgery for scars and disfigurements caused by a bite.

We have obtained significant settlements and verdicts for our clients injured in these dog bite attacks. Compensation is paid for pain and suffering, disfigurement, medical expenses, and lost wages. We can help you or someone you care about win the best settlement for your case.

Michigan Dog Bite Laws

Many cities and counties have ordinances regarding dogs and the responsibilities of dog owners.  An owner or keeper of a dog who violates any of these ordinances can be held liable for damages in a civil lawsuit to a dog bite victim.  The ordinances can be used to prove a case in addition to other Michigan dog bite laws.

Alpena County Dog Bite Laws

In Alpena County, there are laws that apply to dog owners. These can be found in the Alpena County Ordinances. Specifically, they are as follows:

Sec. 10-32.  Not to run at large.

No person who owns, possesses, or has charge of any dog known to be of an ugly disposition or dangerous to persons or property shall permit or allow the dog, whether licensed or unlicensed, to be at large at any time in the city, and, further, no person shall permit or allow any dog, whether licensed or unlicensed, to run at large or stray beyond the premises of the owner unless under reasonable control of some person or while engaged in lawful hunting accompanied by its owner or some other person, and, further, each dog shall at all times between sunset of each day and sunrise of the following day be confined upon the premises of its owner or custodian except when the dog is otherwise under reasonable control of its owner or some other person.

(Code 1971, § 6-21)

Sec. 10-34.  Dangerous or destructive dogs.

No person shall own, harbor, or keep any dog, either licensed or unlicensed, that, by the destruction of property or trespassing on the property of others, becomes a nuisance in the vicinity where kept.

(Code 1971, § 6-23)

Sec. 10-35.  Rabies control.

(a)   Any person who shall have in his possession a dog which has contracted rabies or which has been subjected to rabies or which is suspected of having rabies or which has bitten any person, shall upon demand of the police department or the health officer, produce and surrender up the dog to the police department or the health department, to be held for observation as provided in this section.
(b)   It shall be the duty of any person owning or harboring a dog which has been attacked or bitten by another dog or other animal showing the symptoms of rabies, to immediately notify the police department or the health department that such person has such a dog  in his possession.
(c)   Whenever a dog is brought to the county pound for having bitten a person, the police department may, if it deems necessary and advisable, and after holding the dog a sufficient length of time to meet the requirements of the health department for investigation, cause the dog to be destroyed as a vicious dog.

(Code 1971, § 6-24)

Alpena County Dog Bite Reports

Quite often, the victim of the attack files a report with either the local police or local Animal Control agency.  When a report is filed, it is necessary to obtain report.  Our firm routinely obtains these for our clients. For a report filed with Animal Control in Alpena County, you should request the Animal Control report at the following location:

Alpena Humane Society
3510 Woodward Avenue
Alpena, MI 49707
(989) 356-4794

No Fees Unless You Win An Alpena County Dog Bite Settlement

We do not charge any legal fees unless we are able to get you an Alpena County dog bite settlement.

Contact Our Alpena County Dog Bite Lawyers

If you or a loved one has been injured or bitten by a dog in Alpena County, it is important that you contact our experienced dog bite attorneys today at (800) 606-1717. We will listen to your story and start working on your case immediately.

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