The Saginaw 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.
Saginaw Pit Bull Laws
In Saginaw, there are laws that apply to dog owners. A full completed list of pit bull ordinances can be found on the Saginaw City website. Specifically, some laws are as follows:
§ 94.14 The keeping of a pit bull dog(s), and any other dangerous dog(s), is subject to the following
- No person shall permit a dangerous dog to go outside its kennel, pen, or fenced yard, unless such dog is securely leashed with a leash of adequate strength to restrain the dog.
- All dangerous dogs shall be securely confined indoors or in a securely enclosed and locked pen or kennel, except when leashed as above provided. Such pen, kennel or structure must have secure sides of at least 4’ feet in height above ground. All structures used to confine such dogs must be locked with a key or combination lock when such dog(s) are within the structure.
- No registered dangerous 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.
- All owners, keepers or harborers of dangerous dogs within the City shall within five days of registration display one sign provided by the City Clerk at the time of registration, which shall be mounted in a prominent place on the front of the premises visible from the street.
§ 94.15 All owners, keepers or harborers of dangerous dogs must notify the City Clerk’s Office within one business day of the occurrence of any one of the following events:
- The dog(s) have escaped
- The dog(s) have attacked a human being or other animal
- The dog(s) have been sold, given or transferred permanently to another
- person or address within the City
- The dog(s) have died
- There has been a birth of an offspring of the dog(s)
- The dog(s) are permanently leaving the City of Saginaw.
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 Saginaw Dog Bite Lawyer
If you or a family member were attacked or bitten by a pit bull in Saginaw, 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.