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Muskegon Heights Pit Bull Attack Lawyer Discusses Dangerous Dog Ordinances

The Muskegon Heights 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.

Muskegon Heights Pit Bull Laws

In Muskegon Heights, there are laws that apply to dog owners. A full completed list of pit bull ordinances can be found on the Muskegon Heights City website. Specifically, some laws are as follows:

Sec. 14-4  The keeping of a pit bull shall be subject to the following mandatory requirements:

(1) No person shall permit a registered pit bull dog to go outside its kennel or pen unless such dog is securely leased with a leash no longer than four feet in length. No person shall permit a pit bull 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 leased to inanimate objects such as trees, posts, buildings, etc. In addition, all pit bull dogs on a leash outside the animals' kennel must be muzzled by a muzzling device sufficient to prevent such dog from biting persons or other animals.

(2) All pit bull dogs shall be securely confined indoors or in a securely enclosed and locked pen or kennel, except when leashed and muzzled. Such pen, kennel or structure must have secure sides and a secure top attached to the sides. All structures used to confine pit bull dogs must be locked with a key or combination lock when such animals are within the structure. Such 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 the ground no less than two feet. All such structures must be adequately lighted and ventilated and kept in a clean and sanitary condition.

(3) No pit bull dog may be kept on a porch, patio or in any part of a house or structure that would allow the dog to exit such building on its own volition. In addition, no such animal may be kept in a house or structure when the windows or screen doors are the only obstacle preventing the dog from exiting the structure.

(4) All owners, keepers or harborers of pit bull dogs within the city shall 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 is required to be posted on the kennel or pen of such animal.

(5) All owners, keepers or harborers of pit bull dogs must obtain public liability insurance in a single incident amount of $50,000.00 for bodily injury to or death of any person or persons or for damage to property owned by any person which may result from the ownership, keeping or maintenance of such animal.

(6) It shall be unlawful and a misdemeanor for any person, owner, keeper or harborer of a pit bull dog to fail to comply with the requirements and conditions of the law. Any dog found to be the subject of a violation of this division shall be subject to immediate seizure and impoundment. In addition, failure to comply with the requirements and conditions set forth in this chapter shall result in the revocation of the license of such animal and the permit providing for the keeping of such animal, resulting in the immediate removal of the animal from the city.

Ord. No. 98-517, 7-27-98

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 Muskegon Heights Dog Bite Lawyer

If you or a family member were attacked or bitten by a pit bull in Muskegon Heights, 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.