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Sterling Heights Dog Bite Lawyers: Lawsuits & Settlements

Sterling Heights Dog Bite LawyersOur dog bite lawyers can help you if you were injured in an Sterling Heights 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.

Sterling Heights Dog Bite Laws

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


· State law reference-Dog law, MSA 12.511 et seq.; MCL 287-261 et seq.

8-23. Licensing.

(a) Any person owning, keeping, possessing, harboring or having custody of any dog within the city must obtain a license.

(b) Written application for licenses shall be made to the city clerk, which shall include name and address of applicant, breed, sex, age, color and markings of the dog, the appropriate fee and a currently valid rabies certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian and given under his/her direct supervision.

(c) Application for a license must be made within thirty (30) days after obtaining a dog over six (6) months of age, except that this requirement will not apply to a nonresident keeping a dog within the city for no longer than sixty (60) days.

(d) License fees shall not be required for guide dogs, hearing aid dogs, governmental police dogs or dogs owned by seniors over the age of sixty (60).

(e) Upon acceptance of the license application and fee, the city clerk shall issue a durable tag or identification collar, stamped with an identifying number and the year of issuance. Tags should be designed so that they may be conveniently fastened or riveted to the dog’s collar or harness.

(f) Dogs must wear identification tags or collars at all times when off the premises of the owners.

(g) The city clerk shall maintain a record of the identifying numbers of all tags issued and shall make this record available to the public during business hours. These will be kept three (3) years.

(h) The licensing period shall begin April first and license shall be valid until April first of the following year. Application for license may be made beginning March twentieth.

(I) A license shall be issued after payment of the applicable fee, as established by resolution of the city council.

(j) No dog owner shall be required to have a license for its dog until it shall have attained the age of six (6) months.

(k) No person may use any license for any animal other than the animal for which it is issued. (1978 Code 6-23; Ord. No. 215-A, 2, 12-19- 89)

8-24. Restraint.

(a) All dogs shall be kept under restraint.

(b) No owner shall fail to exercise proper care and control of his animals to prevent them from becoming a public nuisance.

(c) Every female dog in heat shall be confined in a building or secure enclosure in such a manner that such female dog cannot come into contact with another animal except for planned breeding.

(d) Every vicious animal shall be confined by the owner within a building or secure enclosure and shall be securely muzzled or caged whenever off the premises of its owner and shall not be allowed to go unconfined and unrestrained on such person’s premises or to run at large. (1978 Code 6-24; Ord No 215-A, 2,12

8-25. Noisy dogs.

It shall be unlawful for any person to own, harbor or keep any dog which shall cause annoyance or disturbance to persons by frequent barking, howling or helping. (1978 Code

6-25; Ord No. 215-A, 2, 12-19-89)

8-26--8-36. Reserved


8-48. Reporting of animal bites.

(a) If any person is bitten by any animal, it shall be the duty of that person and the owner or custodian of the animal having knowledge of the same to report same to the police department within twelve (12) hours thereafter. The police department shall, if necessary and advisable, hold such animal a sufficient length of time to meet the requirements of the health department for investigation. If space is not available, the animal shall be placed in a reliable facility and the owner of such animal shall be liable for the cost of same.

(b) If the owner or custodian of any animal has reason to believe that such animal has become infected with rabies, it shall be the duty of that person to report same to the police department immediately. (1978 Code 6-48; Ord. No. 215-A, 4, 12-19- 89)

Sterling Heights 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 the report. Our firm routinely obtains these for our clients. For a report filed with police department in Ann Arbor, you should request the Animal Control report at the following location:

Sterling Heights Police Department
‚Äč40333 Dodge Park Road
Sterling Heights, MI 48313
(586) 446-2800

No Fees Unless You Win An Sterling Heights Dog Bite Settlement

We do not charge any legal fees unless we are able to get you an Sterling Heights dog bite settlement.

Contact Our Sterling Heights Dog Bite Lawyers

If you or a loved one has been injured or bitten by a dog in Sterling Heights, 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
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