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Michigan utility is concerned about dog bites

Michigan's Consumers Energy is apparently becoming more worried about dog bites. The utility has announced that it is now going to begin requiring Michigan dog owners to either restrain or contain their dogs before it will send employees out to read their gas or electric meters, according to a recent news report by My Fox Detroit.

The company is making the change after experiencing an increase in the number of meter readers suffering dog bites out in the field.

Consumers Energy also says that police escorts will be sent with meter readers to homes where dogs have either displayed aggressiveness in the past, or have previously bitten meter readers.

Alternatively, customers have an option of reading their own meters and providing that information to Consumers Energy. It will now be necessary for Michigan residents to either have the meter easily accessible away from dogs, or to submit one's meter information oneself, in order to avoid receiving estimated bills.

It is important that Michigan dog owners ensure that anyone who encounters their dogs are safe around them. This includes not only utility employees, but also mail carriers, and any guests or neighbors.

Dog bites can result in extensive injuries, and even disfigurement and disability in some cases. The state of Michigan has very strict dog bite liability laws, and when a dog does bite or injure someone, the victim generally has the right to hold the dog owner responsible for any medical expenses, lost wages, and any other expenses related to the dog bite.

Source: myfoxdetroit, "Michigan utility toughens dog policy," May 14, 2013

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