West Bloomfield, Michigan Has a Dangerous Dog Bite Statute
Do you own a dog in West Bloomfield, Michigan? If so, you should be aware of the dangerous dog ordinance. This type of ordinance protects the public from dog bites by imposing civil penalties against a dog’s owner in the event that their dog attacks.
Let’s take a look at the statute:
Dangerous dog means a dog that is afflicted with rabies or a dog that bites or attacks a person, causing serious injury, or a dog that bites or attacks a dog or domesticated animal, causing serious injury, while the other dog or domesticated animal is on the property or under the control of its owner. However, a dangerous dog does not include any of the following:
(a) A dog that bites or attacks a person who is knowingly trespassing on the property of the animal’s owner.
(b) A dog that bites or attacks a person who provokes or torments the dog.
(c) A dog that is responding in a manner that an ordinary and reasonable person would conclude that the dog was acting in self defense or in defense of a person, if that person is engaged in a lawful activity or is the subject of an assault.
So long as someone wasn’t trespassing on your property provoking your dog before he or she was bitten, or the dog was acting in self-defense, then you’re responsible for your dog’s actions. Beware of the dog bite statute!
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