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Know the Law – Dangerous Animal Law

Posted: 9:00 AM, Oct 05, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-07 10:55:00-04

Tom Sinas, Grand Rapids personal injury attorney, explains what makes a dog, or other animals, dangerous with regards to the law. A “dangerous animal” is one that bites or attacks a person, but does not include: animal bites or attacks to a person who is knowingly trespassing, animal bites or attacks to a person who torments and provokes the animal, or animal bites or attacks to a person that is engaged in unlawful activity, such as an assault

The court has strict procedures to follow if dangerous animals are to be euthanized. The law states, “after a hearing, the magistrate or court shall order the destruction of the animal if the animal is found to be a dangerous animal that caused serious injury or death to a person or a dog… [or] is likely in the future to cause serious injury or death to a person or a dog.”

For more information on Michigan’s dangerous animal law, or if you have been attacked by a dangerous animal, head to sinasdramis.com.