The Hazel Park 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.
Hazel Park Pit Bull Laws
In Hazel Park, there are laws that apply to dog owners. A full completed list of pit bull ordinances can be found on the Hazel Park website. Specifically, some laws are as follows:
Ordinance No. 08-08
- No person shall own or harbor a dog in Hazel Park unless they properly obtain a permit for the animal, as well as complying with licensing and vaccination requirements.
- The owning or keeping of a registered pit bull dog is subject to the following requirements:
- A leash must be used by an adult to allow a pit bull to go outside its kennel, pen or fence. Such dogs may not be leashed to inanimate objects such as trees, posts, fence, or building.
- A muzzle that is sufficient to prevent a dog from biting a person or other animals must be used in order for a registered pit bull to go outside its kennel or pen.
- All registered pit bull dogs shall be confined indoors, or outdoors, in a securely enclosed and locked pen, kennel, or fence that is no shorter that is 6 feet in height. This confined space must have secure sides, secure top, floor embedded in ground (no less than 2 feet), lighting, ventilation, and a key lock, or combination lock when animals are in the structure. In addition, all structures must comply with all zoning and building regulations of the city.
- All registered pit bulls are prohibited from wearing a spiked collar.
- All pit bull owners must display a prominent, readable, sign on the premises using the words “Beware of Dog.”
- All pit bull owners within 10 days of any of the following incidents, provide in writing to the City Clerk the following:
- The removal or death of a registered pit bull dog.
- The birth of offspring to a registered pit bull dog
- When the owner or keeper of a registered pit bull move to a new location within the city limits.
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 Hazel Park Dog Bite Lawyer
If you or a family member were attacked or bitten by a pit bull in Hazel Park, 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.