Our dog bite lawyers can help you if you were injured in an Ann Arbor 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.
Flint Dog Bite laws
In Flint, there are laws that apply to dog owners. These can be found in the Flint Township Ordinances. Specifically, they are as follows:
Sec. 6.14-4. Domestic animals running at large.
- It shall be unlawful for any person owning, keeping, harboring or having charge of any domestic animal to suffer or permit the domestic animal to run at large.
- A domestic animal shall be deemed to be running at large when the domestic animal shall wander unrestrained on any street, alley, park or public place or upon any private property other than that of the person owning, keeping, harboring or having charge of such domestic animal. A domestic animal shall be considered restrained if the domestic animal is on a leash no longer than eight feet and that leash is held by a person of sufficient size to control the domestic animal.
- It shall be lawful for any police officer of the township to seize any domestic animal running at large in the township in violation of this section.
(Ord. No. VI, § 6.14-4, 2-21-2006)
Sec. 6.14-7. Standards for keeping vicious dogs.
The keeping of vicious dogs will be subject to the following standards:
- Leash and muzzle. No person shall permit a vicious dog to go outside its kennel or pen unless such dog is securely leashed with a leash no longer than four feet in length. No person shall permit such a dog to be kept on a chain, rope or other type of leash outside its kennel or pen unless a person is in physical control of the leash. Such dogs may not be leashed to an inanimate object such as a tree, post or building. Any dog on a leash outside the dog's kennel must be muzzled by a muzzling device sufficient to prevent such dog from biting a person or other animal.
- Confinement. A vicious dog shall be securely confined indoors or in a securely enclosed and locked pen or kennel, except when leashed and muzzled as provided in subsection (1) of this section. Such pen, kennel or structure must have secure sides and a secure top attached to sides. All structures used to confine such dogs must be locked with a key or a combination lock when such animals are within the structure. Such a structure must have a secure bottom or floor attached to the sides of the pen or the sides of the pen must be embedded in ground to a depth of no less than two feet. All structures erected to house such dogs must comply with all zoning and building regulations of the township. All such structures must be adequately lighted, ventilated and kept in a clean and sanitary condition.
- Signs. All owners, keepers or harborers of vicious dogs within the township shall, within ten days of the effective date of the ordinance from which this article is derived, display in a prominent place on their premises a sign easily readable by the public using the words "Beware of Dog." In addition, a similar sign must be posted on the kennel or pen of such animals.
(Ord. No. VI, § 6.14-7, 2-21-2006)
Flint 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 the report. Our firm routinely obtains these for our clients. For a report filed with police department in Flint, you should request the Animal Control report at the following location:
Flint Police Department
210 E. Fifth Street
Flint, MI 48502
No Fees Unless You Win An Flint Dog Bite Settlement
We do not charge any legal fees unless we are able to get you an Flint dog bite settlement.
Contact Our Flint Dog Bite Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been injured or bitten by a dog in Flint, 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.