The Sylvan Lake 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.
Sylvan Lake Pit Bull Laws
In Sylvan Lake, there are laws that apply to dog owners. A full completed list of pit bull ordinances can be found on the Sylvan Lake City website. Specifically, some laws are as follows:
(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to acquire, possess or maintain, within the city, any pit bull terrier.
(b) Any person who knowingly acquires, keeps, harbors, or maintains a pit bull terrier within the city, after the effectiveness of the ban of the pit bull terriers, shall be guilty of a violation and subject to the penalties and sanctions.
(c) This section shall not be construed to apply to any person who is both within the
territorial boundaries of the city and in possession of any dog for the primary purpose of exhibiting or showing said dog at a dog show or similar event sponsored by a nationally recognized kennel club or dog breeders association, or its local affiliate or chapter.
Sec. 10-84. Any person who owns and possesses a pit bull within the territorial limits of the city before September15, 2010, shall be excluded from the prohibition contained in section 10-83.
Sec. 10-85. Any person who claims an exception to section 10-84 by virtue of preexisting ownership and possession of a licensed pit bull terrier shall comply with the following requirements:
(a) At all times when such dog is outside of any enclosed structure, fenced yard or fenced dog run, the animal shall:
(1) Be under the control of a person over the age of eighteen years.
(2) Be held securely by a leash of adequate strength to restrain the dog.
(3) Have a muzzle over its jaws sufficient to prevent the animal from inflicting any bite upon another person or animal.
(b) All properties where the animal is kept, harbored or possessed shall at all times be insured with public liability insurance for bodily injury and property damage by such animal in an amount no less than one hundred thousand dollars coverage. Proof of such insurance shall be submitted to the animal welfare officer upon demand.
(c) Pens or structures utilized for harboring or keeping such dog outside of a habitable structure shall have secure sides and a secure top attached to the sides. If the pen or structure has no bottom secured to the sides, the sides must be embedded into the ground no less than one foot.
(d) Any litter of puppies from such existing licensed pit bull terriers shall be removed from the city upon attaining the age of six months.
(e) All owners and possessors of existing licensed pit bull terriers shall, within fifteen days of adoption of this ordinance, have an identification number tattooed upon the pit bull at the owner's expense.
(f) Any such existing licensed pit bull terrier who is determined by a district judge or to have exhibited behavior so as to fall within the definition of a dangerous animal, shall lose its exemption and shall be removed from the city or be destroyed.
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 Sylvan Lake Dog Bite Lawyer
If you or a family member were attacked or bitten by a pit bull in Sylvan Lake, 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.