Orange County has one of the highest dog ownership rates in the state of California. As a result dog bite in Orange County have witnessed a rise over the past decade. This page is intended as a brief introduction of General California Dog Bite Laws and Orange County statutes and ordinances passed protect OC residence from Dog Attacks.
California Dog Bite Statute – California Civil Code Section 3342
California Civil Stature States: 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.
Pet Leash Laws: Under Orange County Laws (OCCO 4-1-45) “No person owning or having charge, care, custody, or control of any dog shall cause or permit, either willfully or through failure to exercise due care or control, any such dog to be upon any public property unless such dog be restrained by a substantial chain, or leash not exceeding six (6) feet in length, and is under the charge of a person competent to exercise care, custody, and control over such dog.”
Dogs on Private Property: (OCCO 4-1-49) ““No person owning or having care, custody, or control of any animal, shall permit, either willfully or through failure to exercise proper control, such animal to trespass or be upon any private property of another person without the consent of such person”
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