Our dog bite lawyers can help you if you were injured in a Pontiac dog bite attack. These attacks often result in serious injuries, including lacerations, puncture wounds, nerve damage, and broken bones. Dog bite victims incur hospital and medical expenses for their treatment and often need plastic surgery for scars and disfigurements caused by a bite.
We have obtained significant settlements and verdicts for our clients injured in these dog bite attacks. Compensation is paid for pain and suffering, disfigurement, medical expenses, and lost wages. We can help you or someone you care about win the best settlement for your case.
Michigan Dog Bite Laws
Many cities and counties have ordinances regarding dogs and the responsibilities of dog owners. An owner or keeper of a dog who violates any of these ordinances can be held liable for damages in a civil lawsuit to a dog bite victim. The ordinances can be used to prove a case in addition to other Michigan dog bite laws.
Pontiac Dog Bite Laws
In Pontiac, there are laws that apply to dog owners. These can be found in the Pontiac City Ordinances. Specifically, they are as follows:
Sec. 18-50. Dangerous dog may be slain.
If any dangerous, fierce or vicious dog shall be found running at large and cannot be taken up or tranquilized and impounded, such dog may be slain by any police officer or agent authorized to perform any duty under this chapter.
(Code 1985, § 6-47)
Sec. 18-62. Running at large; leash requirement.
(a) No person owning, keeping, possessing, harboring, or maintaining a dog shall permit the dog to run at large within the city at any time. Each owner of a dog is required to confine the dog within the limits of their premises unless the dog is securely confined upon a suitable leash, not more than six feet in length, held continuously in the hands of a responsible person capable of controlling the dog Logging/towing chains are not a permissible method of securely confining a dog to a leash.
(b) A dog shall not be considered to be at large if it is:
(1) Securely confined in an auto which is adequately ventilated;
(2) Being exhibited at a show; or
(3) Engaged in any activity approved by the state.
(c) If a dog is found at large in violation of this section, it shall be impounded according to the procedures set out in Article III of this chapter.
(d) If a dog is found to be in violation of this section or 18-76(a), the dog, at owner's expense, shall be tattooed by or under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. The identification number shall be assigned to the animal by the state department of agriculture and shall be noted in its records pursuant to Act No. 309 of the Public Acts of 1939 (MCL 287.301 through 287.308), or as an alternative to tattooing, the owner and/or possessor shall have a microchip placed under the dog's skin, at the owner's expense, by or under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. The microchip shall contain an unalterable ID code that will last for the life of the dog and that can be scanned to identify the dog and its owner.
(Ord. No. 2134, § 1, 6-20-02)
Secs. 18-63--18-75. Reserved.
Pontiac Dog Bite Reports
Quite often, the victim of the attack files a report with either the local police or local Animal Control agency. When a report is filed, it is necessary to obtain report. Our firm routinely obtains these for our clients.
For a report filed with the Police Department in Pontiac, you should request the Animal Control report at the following location:
Pontiac Police Department
110 E. Pike Street
Pontiac, MI 48342
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Contact Our Pontiac Dog Bite Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been injured or bitten by a dog in Pontiac, it is important that you contact our experienced dog bite attorneys today at (800) 606-1717. We will listen to your story and start working on your case immediately.