The Grosse Pointe Woods 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.
Grosse Pointe Woods Pit Bull Laws
In Grosse Pointe Woods, there are laws that apply to dog owners. A full completed list of pit bull ordinances can be found on the Grosse Pointe Woods City website. Specifically, some laws are as follows:
(a) The keeping of a pit bull terrier is prohibited because of the great inherent danger to the public health, welfare and safety, no person shall own, harbor or keep any dog commonly described as a pit bull terrier within the city. Pit bull terriers include: a bull terrier breed of dog, Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire bull terrier, American pit bull terrier, and any dog of mixed breeds known as a pit bull dog or pit bull terrier and has the appearance and characteristics of being predominantly of any of the breeds listed in this subsection or any combination thereof.
Any such dog shall be impounded by an animal warden and held until a determination is made by a court of competent jurisdiction that the animal is a pit bull terrier. The court shall order that any dog determined to be a pit bull terrier shall be destroyed or removed from the city.
(b) Keeping a vicious animal is prohibited with the certain exceptions. This subsection shall not apply to guard dogs maintained for security purposes, provided that such guard dog has been professionally trained for that purpose and the nature of the dog is noted upon the license application at the time such license is issued.
As used in this subsection, the term "vicious dog" means:
(1) Any dog with a known propensity, tendency or disposition to attack unprovoked, or to cause injury to or otherwise threaten the safety of human beings or domestic animals.
(2) Any dog which, without provocation, attacks or bites or has attacked or bitten a human being.
(3) Any dog which, without provocation, seriously injures or kills another dog or domestic animal.
(Code 1975, § 8-11-9; Code 1997, § 6-101)
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 Grosse Pointe Woods Dog Bite Lawyer
If you or a family member were attacked or bitten by a pit bull in Grosse Pointe Woods, 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.