Our dog bite lawyers can help you if you were injured in a St. Joseph 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 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.
St. Joseph Dog Bite Laws
In St. Joseph, there are laws that apply to dog owners. These can be found in the St. Joseph Ordinances. Specifically, they are as follows:
Sec. 7-6. Running at large--Prohibited.
No person shall permit any animal or fowl owned by him, or within his charge or possession, to run at large in any street, alley or public place within the city, or upon the premises of another unless by permission of the owner or occupant of such premises. Animals or fowl on a leash no longer than six (6) feet, accompanied by the owner or keeper having reasonable control thereof, shall not be deemed to be running at large.
(Code 1968, §§ 45.01, 64.06)
Cross references: Streets, sidewalks and other public places, Ch. 26.
State law references: Regulation of animals running at large, MCL 433.11 et seq., MSA 18.785(1) et seq.
Sec. 7-8. Dangerous animals.
No person shall keep or maintain any fierce, vicious or dangerous animal, nor allow or permit any such animal to be upon any public street, alley or other public place unless securely caged or muzzled and led by a leash.
(Code 1968, § 43.17)
Sec. 7-9. Examination of vicious animals.
Any animal which shall bite any person or other animal shall be seized and held at the city pound or other suitable place until such time as it can be determined whether or not such animal is suffering from rabies. The owner or keeper of such animal shall pay the expenses of keeping the animal at the rate hereinbefore provided, and also pay all necessary expenses incurred in determining whether such animal is suffering from rabies, and the failure to pay any such charges upon demand, shall be deemed to be a violation of this section.
(Code 1968, § 45.03)
St. Joseph 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 St. Joseph, you should request the Animal Control report at the following location:
St. Joseph Police Department
700 Broad Street
St. Joseph, MI 49085
No Fees Unless You Win A St. Joseph Dog Bite Settlement
We do not charge any legal fees unless we are able to get you a St. Joseph dog bite settlement.
Contact Our St. Joseph Dog Bite Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been injured or bitten by a dog in St. Joseph, 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.