The Newaygo 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.
Newaygo Pit Bull Laws
In Newaygo, there are laws that apply to dog owners. A full completed list of pit bull ordinances can be found on the Newaygo City website. Specifically, some laws are as follows:
(a) There shall be a rebuttable presumption that a pit bull dog is a vicious dog defined to mean the Bull Terrier breed of dog, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier breed of dog, dogs of mixed breed or other breeds which breed or mixed breed are known as pit bulls.
(b) Any person violating or permitting the violation of any provision of this section shall, upon conviction, be fined a sum of not more than $500.00. In addition to the fine imposed, the court may sentence the defendant to imprisonment in the county jail for a period of not to exceed 90 days. In addition, the court may order the dog which is the subject of a violation of this division to be:
- Temporarily or permanently impounded
- Temporarily or permanently confined to the premises of the owner
- Temporarily or permanently removed from the city
(c) Each day that a violation of this section continues shall be deemed a separate offense. In addition to the foregoing penalties, any person who violates this section shall pay all expenses, including shelter, food, handling, veterinary care, and testimony necessitated by the enforcement of the division. Court costs for such action as taken shall be taxed against the owner of the dog against whom the complaint was issued.
Code 1980, ch. 103, § 9.64; Ord. No. 06-02, § 1, 3-13-2006
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 Newaygo Dog Bite Lawyer
If you or a family member were attacked or bitten by a pit bull in Newaygo, 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.