The Alma pit bull attack lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. represent victims seriously injured after being attacked by a pit bull. Our firm has successfully represented dog bite victims and their families for over 40 years throughout the State of Michigan, and has the knowledge, expertise, and experience in handling these types of cases. We have a track record of obtaining sizeable Michigan dog bite settlements, jury verdicts and providing the best service possible for our injured clients after being attacked by a pit bull.
Dog Bite Laws
Many cities and counties have ordinances regarding pit bulls and the responsibilities of dog owners. An owner or keeper of a dog who violates these ordinances can be held liable for damages in a civil lawsuit to a dog bite victim that was attacked by a pit bull. The ordinances can be used to prove a case in addition to other Michigan dog bite laws.
Alma Pit Bull Laws
In Alma, there are laws that apply to dog owners. A full completed list of pit bull ordinances can be found on the Alma City website. Specifically, some laws are as follows:
Sec. 10-51. - It is unlawful to keep, harbor, own, or in any way possess within the corporate limits of the city any vicious dog, provided that vicious dogs kept within the city, upon the effective date of the ordinance, may be kept if registered with the city clerk.
Code 1984, § 6-36
Sec. 10-55. - It is unlawful for any owner to allow any vicious dog to be outside of the dwelling of the owner or outside of the enclosure unless the dog shall be securely muzzled and restrained with a choker chain and leash having a minimum tensile strength of 300 pounds and not exceeding four feet in length, and then only upon the private property of the owner, unless it is necessary for the owner to obtain veterinary care for the dog, to sell it or give it away, or to comply with commands or directions of the court, the animal control officer, or any police officer. The muzzle should be made and fitted in a manner that will not cause injury to the dog or interfere with its vision or respiration, but shall prevent it from biting any human or animal. The animal shall be under the direct control and supervision of the owner of the dog or his agent, either of whom shall be, in any event, a person of at least 18 years of age and physically capable of restraining the animal.
Code 1984, § 6-40
Sec. 10-56. All owners or keepers of vicious dogs must, within ten days of the incident, report the following information in writing to the city clerk:
(1) The removal from the city or death of a vicious dog.
(2) The birth of offspring of a vicious dog.
(3) The new address of the vicious dog should the owner move within the corporate limits of the city.
(b) No person shall sell, barter, or in any other way dispose of a vicious dog to any person within the city unless the recipient person resides permanently in the same household and on the same premises as the owner of such dog; provided that the owner of the dog may sell or otherwise dispose of a registered dog to persons who do not reside within the city.
Code 1984, § 6-41
Dog Bite Lawsuits For Pit Bull Attacks
Michigan law holds the person who owns, keeps, or harbors the dog responsible for a dog bite or attack, regardless of prior knowledge (called, “strict liability” laws) of the viciousness of the animal. Also, the negligence law is used to hold the owner responsible for the attack. This means that the dog owner is liable if the injury occurred because the dog owner was unreasonably careless in controlling the dog. The only defense to the dog owner in these cases is if the victim provoked the attack or was a trespasser on the property.
Contact Your Alma Dog Bite Lawyer
If you or a family member were attacked or bitten by a pit bull in Alma, you should call our office now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with our top rated pit bull attack lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. We will start working on your case immediately gathering all the evidence and witness statements to win and settle your case.