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About Garth Christie
- Township Clerk

Garth Christie

Garth Christie is a life-long resident of Redford and an honor graduate from Thurston High School, the University of Michigan Dearborn (B.A.), and Wayne State University (J.D.). He is a member in good standing of the State Bar of Michigan.

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Board Meeting Information

Regular Board Meeting dates for 2016

January 12 & 26
February 9 & 23
March 15 & 29
April 12 & 26
May 10 & 24
June 14 & 28
July 19
August 9 & 23
September 13 & 27
October 11 & 25
November 15 & 29
December 13

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All meetings are held at 7:00p.m. at Town Hall, 15145 Beech Daly Road, Redford, MI.

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2016

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Feature Story

September 2016


Dog Bites –vs- Puppy Kissest
by Garth Christie

About three months ago I predicted that Waterford would junk its breed specific dangerous dog ordinance. Boy, did I get that wrong!

You may remember reading about that guy who adopted a four year old American bulldog from a rescue shelter then posted a selfie with his new best friend on Facebook. The Waterford police chief saw it and concluded that the pooch was at least part pit bull which is banned in that municipality. Even though the guy produced records from the rescue shelter showing he adopted an American bulldog that was not good enough for Waterford officials and the guy was issued a citation and told to get rid of his pet in ten days. His case is still pending in the Waterford court system.

Three months ago I urged Waterford officials to follow our lead and target irresponsible owners and animals based on their behavior and propensity. Much of American jurisprudence, both criminal and civil, is based on English common law where the concept of “scienter” was applied. Domestic animals are deemed to be nonthreatening until the animal caused damage and the owner knew about it. According to renowned legal scholar William Prosser, strict liability would be applied to an owner who knew of the trait or propensity which caused the damage. This gave birth to the “one bite rule” which still has some influence in legislation and court rulings today.

Waterford rejected my advice and instead implemented a complex appeal process where the accused pit bull owner could appeal the police chief’s breed diagnosis to a government approved veterinarian and then Waterford could appeal that diagnosis to a second government approved veterinarian, all at the pet owner’s expense. Waterford addressed their initial stupidity with an extra heaping helping of stupidity. The focus needs to be on the owners not the animals. Unfortunately, pit bull type dogs belong to too many irresponsible owners.

I can’t write about dogs without writing about Autobahn, the most beautiful German shepherd dog you can imagine. Plenty of people continue to ask me “Is that your Rin Tin Tin?” These folks are of all different backgrounds but I noticed they’re all about the same age as me. I always proudly admit that Autobahn is my Rin Tin Tin.

Whenever we go for a walk, there’s no tension on the leash, he walks beside me. Recently at our favorite walking park, I heard a child exclaim about “a beautiful fluffy German shepherd!” Then I saw a blond boy leading a small class of preschoolers running towards us. They asked if they could pet my dog. I have scienter of my dog’s propensities and warned the tots that he would give them kisses. The tiny kids mobbed my pet with hugs and kisses. After a couple minutes, their teacher called them back to play on the equipment. Before he ran back to his classmates, the blond boy gave my Rin Tin Tin one last hug then told me “You’re a lucky man!”

 

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Township Hall -1st Floor
15145 Beech Daly,
Redford, Michigan, 48239
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Telephone: (313)387-2750
Fax: (313) 387-2707
Email: clerk@redfordtwp.com

 

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