Our dog bite lawyers can help you if you were injured in an Port Huron 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.
What are Dog Bite Laws in Michigan?
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.
What are Port Huron Dog Bite Laws?
In Port Huron, there are laws that apply to dog owners. These can be found in the Port Huron City Ordinances. Specifically, they are as follows:
Sec. 8-41. Running at large.
It shall be unlawful for any person owning, possessing or harboring any dog to suffer or permit the dog to run at large within the city limits. A dog on a leash or accompanied by its owner or custodian having reasonable control of such dog shall not be deemed to be running at large.
(Code 1975, § 6-20; Code 1992, § 5-36)
Sec. 8-7. Vicious animals.
Vicious dog or other animal means:
(1) Any dog or other animal with a propensity, tendency or disposition to attack, to cause injury or to otherwise endanger the safety of human beings or other domestic animals; or
(2) Any dog or other animal which attacks a human being or another domestic animal one or more times without provocation.
A dangerous dog or other animal does not include any of the following: (i) an animal that bites or attacks a person who is knowingly trespassing on the property of the animal's owner; (ii) an animal that bites or attacks a person who provokes or torments the animal; (iii) an animal that is responding in a manner that an ordinary and reasonable person would conclude was designed to protect a person if that person is engaged in a lawful activity or is the subject of an assault.
(b) No person owning or harboring or having the care of a vicious dog or other animal shall suffer or permit such dog or other animal to go unconfined on the premises of such person.
(c) No person owning or harboring or having the care of a vicious dog or other animal shall suffer or permit such dog or other animal to go beyond the premises of such person, unless such dog or other animal is securely leashed and muzzled or otherwise securely restrained and muzzled.
(d) Notwithstanding any other section of this chapter, if a violation of this section occurs, the animal control officer or a police officer may issue an appearance ticket, citation or summons to the person owning or harboring or having the care of a vicious dog or other animal and suffering or permitting such dog or other animal to go unconfined on the premises of such person. The penalty shall be punishment as prescribed in section 1-16. Each act of violation and every day upon which such violation shall occur shall constitute a separate offense.
(Code 1975, § 6-25; Code 1992, § 5-41)
State law references: Dangerous animals, MCL 287.321 et seq.
Obtain Port Huron 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 Port Huron, you should request the Animal Control report at the following location:
Port Huron Police Department
100 McMorran Blvd
Port Huron, MI 48060
Who is the Best Port Huron Dog Bite Lawyer?
The dog bite attorneys at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. understand issues relating to Port Huron dog bite cases. This allows us to get the best settlements for our clients. It is important to have an attorney not afraid to fight for you when you have dealt with any dog bite.
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Contact Our Port Huron Dog Bite Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been injured or bitten by a dog in Port Huron, 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.