Animal Law Explained
Animal law defines a broad area of the law where the rights of people and animals intersect. Animal law includes such things as the breeding of animals, dog bites, animal cruelty, and contracts for the sale and care of animals.
In Michigan, owners are strictly liable for their dog’s conduct. Dog owners are responsible for any and all dog bites that injure another person or person’s property. There is only one exception and that is when the person that is bitten by the dog provoked the dog.
This area is a dying area of the law. In Michigan, animals are treated as property. Therefore, if a pet owner’s animal dies at the hands of a veterinarian’s malpractice, the veterinarian is only responsible for the value of the animal. Emotional distress damages are not available.
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