Flint Ordinance: Vicious Dog Bite

Flint Ordinance: Vicious Dog Bite

by / Tuesday, 13 May 2014 / Published in Dog Bites

Flint, Michigan has a vicious dog bite statute:

(1)     Any dog with a propensity, tendency or disposition to attack, to cause injury or otherwise endanger the safety of human beings or other domestic animals; or

(2)     Any dog which has previously attacked or bitten a human being or other domestic animal other than under the type of  circumstances that would be justifiable.

(3)      Any dog which has behaved in such a manner that the owner thereof knows or should reasonably know that the dog is possessed of tendencies to attack or bite human beings or other domestic animals other than under the type of circumstances that would be justifiable.

If your dog has bitten someone, not only are you strictly liable for that person’s injuries, but you also have to comply with Flint’s dog bite ordinance’s requirements:

  • Your animal must be on a leash and muzzle
  • Your animal must be securely confined indoors
  • You must display a BEWARE OF DOG sign within 10 days of your dog being deemed dangerous
  • You need an insurance policy: provide proof to the city of Flint of public liability insurance in a single incident amount of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00) for bodily injury to or death of any person or persons which may result from ownership, keeping or maintenance of such animal
  • You must also provide the city of Flint with 2 colored photographs of the animal

If you’ve been injured by a dog bite you may be entitled to a settlement or financial compensation. After a dog or animal bite it’s very important to contact a Michigan attorney as soon as possible. Don’t risk waiting. Witnesses, victims, medical care providers, and police may not have a clear memory of your dog bite accident and circumstances weeks or months after. Get the justice you deserve.

Our personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Goodwin & Scieszka are well experienced in other injury cases like unsafe workplace claims and slip and fall accident lawsuits. Contact us to see how we can help you receive fair compensation for your injury.


  • Terry Fenton

    I own my home & some of these houses in this area do not have a fence separating parcels of properties. I live in an area where the houses are very close to each other. I have a couple 40lb dogs so I paid to have my entire backyard dogeared fenced. My problem is my neighbor has used the side of fence that faces their way as a hanger for a few different ladders & tools. That lead to one of the post breaking off plus the weight unattached it from my garage. I had to replace the fencing between our houses. I made sure to give up 6inches of property. These neighbors have a little dog & I’m very scared my 8 year old dogs will grab that little yappy doggie under the fence and shake it like a dead snake then drop it at my feet. Horrible thought!!!
    My neighbors won’t help pay for fence so I insist they don’t use it as if it’s their garage wall. Is it my responsibility to keep their dog safe from getting pulled under the fence? They do have a fenced front yard option but they choose not to use it. Can anybody tell me? My dogs are secured & can not get out of yard or under the fence.