Muskegon, MI asked in Animal / Dog Law for Michigan

Q: What can I expect in court if I fight a dog at large ticket?

My dogs got loose this morning because they broke a hole in the fence and were running around for maybe an hour at max. They chased someone into a porter potty so police were called. Dogs were friendly, just looking to play and the officer acknowledged that. However I got a ticket for dogs at large. The officer recommended that I should fight the ticket, he also couldn't seem to give me any info on how much the ticket would even be. If I plan to go to court for this, what should I expect? Would it even be worth it since I'm at fault and they were unsupervised in the backyard?

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: First, you should always read the statute to see what exactly needs to be proved. I'm unsure you'll prevail in court. Offering an explanation isn't really a reason to go to trial, but could have an affect of any fines or costs the judge might order.

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