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Southfield Dog Bite Lawyers: Lawsuits & Settlements

Southfield Dog Bite and Attack LawyersOur dog bite lawyers can help you if you were injured in a Southfield 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.

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 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.

Southfield Dog Bite Laws

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

Sec. 9.70.  Harboring a dangerous animal.

Whoever harbors or keeps any of the following:

(1)   A fierce or vicious dog.
(2)   An animal that has rabies or an animal that has been bitten by an animal known to have been afflicted with rabies.
(3)   A dangerous animal.

Shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

(Ord. No. 1095, § 1, 5-10-83; Ord. No. 1383, § 1, 9-18-95)

Sec. 9.71.  Impoundment of animals.

An animal control officer may impound any of the following:

(1)   A dog or cat that is not under reasonable control.
(2)   An unlicensed dog or cat.
(3)   An animal displaying symptoms of rabies or which has been bitten by another animal displaying symptoms of rabies.
(4)   A dog that has attacked or bitten a person.
(5)   Any dangerous animal.

Whoever refuses to surrender any animal in his or her possession upon the demand of an animal control officer who is lawfully impounding such animal is guilty of a misdemeanor.

(Ord. No. 1095, § 1, 5-10-83; Ord. No. 1383, § 1, 9-18-95)

Sec. 9.72.  Failing to report rabid animal.

Whoever owns or harbors any animal which is bitten by another animal showing symptoms of rabies who fails to report the incident to the police department or the animal warden shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

(Ord. No. 1095, § 1, 5-10-83; Ord. No. 1383, § 1, 9-18-95)

Sec. 9.74.  Failing to keep license or collar on dog or cat.

Whoever owns or harbors a dog or cat more than six (6) months of age and fails to affix a valid license to a substantial collar, except with regard to cats, a breakaway collar shall be permissible, which shall at all times be kept on the dog or cat for which the license is issued shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

(Ord. No. 1095, § 1, 5-10-83; Ord. No. 1351, § 1, 6-22-92)

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

Southfield Police Department
26000 Evergreen
Southfield, MI 48076

No Fees Unless You Win A Southfield Dog Bite Settlement

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

Contact Our Southfield Dog Bite Lawyers

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