The Waterford Charter Township 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.
Waterford Charter Township Pit Bull Laws
In Waterford Charter Township, there are laws that apply to dog owners. A full completed list of pit bull ordinances can be found on the Waterford Charter Township City website. Specifically, some laws are as follows:
(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to acquire, possess or maintain, within the Township, any pit bull terrier, as defined herein, except as permitted under Section 3-080.
(b) Any person who knowingly acquires, keeps, harbors, or maintains a pit bull terrier within the Township, after the effectiveness of the ban of the pit bull terriers, shall be guilty of a violation hereof and subject to the penalties and sanctions contained herein, except as provided in Section 3-080.
(c) This section shall not be construed to apply to any person who is both within the territorial boundaries of the Township 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.
Ord. No. 154, § 5.00, 1-22-90; Ord. of 1-13-92
Sec. 3-080. Any person who owns and possesses within the territorial limits of the Township a licensed pit bull terrier before January 22,1990, shall be excluded from the prohibition contained in Section 3-079 as to such existing animals only, subject however, to maintaining such dog under the restrictions and conditions set forth herein. Upon the death, sale or other transfer of ownership, or possession, of such pit bull terrier, this exception to Section 3-079 shall terminate and be of no force and effect.
Ord. No. 154, § 5.01, 1-22-90; Ord. of 6-11-90
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 Waterford Charter Township Dog Bite Lawyer
If you or a family member were attacked or bitten by a pit bull in Waterford Charter Township, 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.