The Ypsilanti 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.
Ypsilanti Township Pit Bull Laws
In Ypsilanti Township, there are laws that apply to dog owners. A full completed list of pit bull ordinances can be found on the Ypsilanti Township City website. Specifically, some laws are as follows:
a. Ypsilanti Township defines a pit bull as a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier or any mixed breed dog displaying five out of the following eight distinguishing characteristics:
(1) Head is medium length, with a broad skull and very pronounced cheek muscles, a wide, deep muzzle, a well-defined, moderately deep stop, and strong under jaw. Viewed from the front the head is shaped like a broad, blunt wedge.
(2) Eyes are round to almond shaped, are low in the skull and set far apart.
(3) Ears are set high. Un-cropped ears are short and usually held rose or half prick, though some hold them at full prick.
(4) Neck is heavy and muscular, attached to strong, muscular shoulders.
(5) Body is muscular, with a deep, broad chest, a wide front, deep brisket, well-sprung ribs, and slightly tucked loins.
(6) Tail is medium length and set low, thick at the base, tapering to a point.
(7) Hindquarters are well muscled, with hocks, set low on the legs.
(8) Coat is a singled coat, smooth, short and close to the skin.
b. No person may own, keep, reside with or harbor a pit bull within the township that is not spayed or not neutered.
c. Subsection (b) does not apply to:
(1) Pit bull puppies 16 weeks or younger
(2) Any dog examined by a licensed Humane Society of Huron Valley veterinarian, which is certified as having less than five of the characteristics set forth in section a
(3) A pit bull which is registered with the American Kennel Club or United Kennel Club and participates at least once a year in a dog show sponsored by the American Kennel Club or United Kennel Club. A dog owner who presents proof of AKC or UKC registration and participation on an annual basis in an AKC or UKC dog show is exempt from the neutering and spaying requirements of this section.
(4) A pit bull with a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition whose health will be seriously, permanently and detrimentally affected if it is spayed or neutered.
Ord. No. 2010-409, 10-19-10
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 Ypsilanti Township Dog Bite Lawyer
If you or a family member were attacked or bitten by a pit bull in Ypsilanti 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.