The Kingsford 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.
Kingsford Pit Bull Laws
In Kingsford, there are laws that apply to dog owners. A full completed list of pit bull ordinances can be found on the Kingsford City website. Specifically, some laws are as follows:
Sec. 8-122. - Penalties for owning and harboring a Pit Bull Terrier such as a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier breed of dog, or any mixed breed of dog.
(a) No person shall possess, own, keep, or harbor a pit bull terrier within the municipal limits of the city.
(b) Any person violating the law shall pay all expenses, including shelter, food, veterinary expenses for identification or certification of the breed of the animal or boarding and veterinary expenses necessitated by seizure of the dog for protection of the public and such other expenses required for elimination or storage of such dog.
(c) Any public safety officer, sheriff's deputy or officer authorized by law may seize or arrange for the removal of any Pit Bull Terrier from the city. If no arrangements are made by the owner of such animal for payment of such costs of seizure and impoundment or the removal of such animal from the city, within a period of five days, then such peace officer may arrange for such animal to be destroyed in a humane manner.
Ord. No. 181, § 2, 5-4-1987
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 Kingsford Dog Bite Lawyer
If you or a family member were attacked or bitten by a pit bull in Kingsford, 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.