DOG LAW -
MUNICIPAL & COUNTY CODES
California does NOT have the so-called "one-bite rule," which means that your dog gets one "free" bite and then you are responsible. California's law says you are responsibile for EVERYTHING your dog does, period. It's called a strict liability rule.
What *may* happen is that if your dog injures anyone, your insurance company may pay for that one injury -- and then tell you to get rid of your dog. If you try to get insurance with another company, they will most probably decline to cover your dog. Sometimes it comes down to your dog or your house. That's why it's SO important for your dog to be trained an under control at all times.
I am not an attorney, so I suggest you check with yours to see if my interpretation of the statute relating to dogs is correct. Here's the statute so you can read it for yourself.
California Civil Code section 3342 provides as follows:
3342. (a) The owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner's knowledge of such viciousness. A person is lawfully upon the private property of such owner within the meaning of this section when he is on such property in the performance of any duty imposed upon him by the laws of this state or by the laws or postal regulations of the United States, or when he is on such property upon the invitation, express or implied, of the owner.
What follows that is a compilation of the municipal, county, and state civil codes covering pets. I've tried to include only those pertinent to dogs because some codes concern other animals. These laws pertain to all dogs, whether your dog is adopted, rescued, or you got him as a puppy from a dog breeder.
This is a work in progress, and the ones that have links to them are the ones that I've researched. Please have patience if your city does not appear here. There are 88 cities in Los Angeles County, and each one has its own code regarding dogs. This takes a long time!
Culver City Municipal Code
La Cañada Flintridge
La Habra Heights
Long Beach Municipal Code
Los Angeles Municipal Code
Palos Verdes Estates
Rancho Palos Verdes
Rolling Hills Estates
Santa Fe Springs
Santa Monica Municipal Code
South El Monte
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