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Portage Dog Bite Lawyer

Our dog bite lawyers can help you if you were injured in a Portage 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.

Portage Dog Bite Laws

In Portage, there are laws that apply to dog owners.  These can be found in the Portage City Ordinances.  Specifically, they are as follows:

Sec. 10-35.  Running at large.

(a)   No person shall permit any vicious dog of which he is the owner, caretaker or custodian to be unconfined unless securely muzzled and led by a leash. A dog shall be deemed vicious if it has bitten a person or domestic animal without molestation, or if it is a dog which, by its actions, gives indication that it is liable to bite a person or domestic animal without molestation.
(b)   No person owning, possessing or having charge of a dog shall permit such dog to be at large at anytime in the city in violation of state law.

(Min. Bk. 1969, p. 456, Vol. 2, 4-15-1969; Code 1967, § 2 1/2-14; Code 1983, § 610.06(d)(1), (3); Ord. No. 0013, 10-17-2000)

Sec. 10-36.  Noisy animals; nuisance animals; confinement of animals exposed to rabies.

(a)   No person shall own, harbor or keep a dog which, by loud, frequent or habitual barking, yelping or howling, causes annoyance to the people in the neighborhood.
(b)   No person shall own, harbor or keep a dog that has been bitten by an animal known to have been or reasonably suspected of having been afflicted with rabies at the time such dog was bitten, unless such dog has been surrendered to the dog warden, held for observation and released only when satisfactory proof exists that the dog does not have rabies.
(c)   No person shall own, harbor or keep a dog, either licensed or unlicensed, that, by the destruction of property or trespassing on the property of others, becomes a nuisance in the vicinity where kept.

(Min. Bk. 1969, p. 456, Vol. 2, 4-15-1969; Code 1967, § 2 1/2-15; Code 1983, § 610.06(e))

Cross references:  Noise generally, § 24-91 et seq. 

Sec. 10-37.  Confinement of biting dogs.

A dog that bites a person or animal shall be securely confined by the owner, keeper, custodian or person in charge thereof in an appropriate building or enclosure for a minimum of ten days following the biting. If such owner, keeper, custodian or person in charge fails to securely confine the dog for such period of time, a police officer may take possession and custody of such dog and confine it at the county dog pound or another appropriate shelter until the expiration of such ten-day period or until satisfactory evidence exists that the dog is not suffering from rabies. The dog shall be kept at the expense of the owner, keeper, custodian or person in charge thereof. A dog running loose after biting a person or animal, whose owner or keeper or custodian cannot be determined, shall be kept and confined for ten days at the county dog pound or other appropriate shelter in accordance with this article and thereafter disposed of in accordance therewith or with such regulations as are in effect at the county dog pound.

(Min. Bk. 1969, p. 456, Vol. 2, 4-15-1969; Code 1967, § 2 1/2-20; Code 1983, § 610.06(g))

State law references: Dogs attacking or biting persons, MCL 287.286a, 287.288, 287.351, MSA 12.537, 12.539, 12.544. 

Portage  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 Portage, you should request the Animal Control report at the following location:

Portage Police Department
7810 Shaver Road
Portage, MI 49024

No Fees Unless You Win A Portage Dog Bite Settlement

We do not charge any legal fees unless we are able to get you a Portage dog bite settlement.

Contact Our Portage Dog Bite Lawyers

If you or a loved one has been injured or bitten by a dog in Portage, 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.

Lawrence J. Buckfire
Best Michigan personal injury lawyer winning highest settlements for injury, malpractice, & accident victims.