Pet owner


1. Dog bites

Can I get sued if my dog bites someone?

If you are a dog owner in California, you are responsible for any harm the dog causes by biting another person. This applies regardless of whether the dog has ever been aggressive or has bitten anyone ever before.1Cal Civil Code Sec 3342

However, you are generally NOT responsible for the dog bite if the person bitten is a trespasser or provoked the dog.2Burden v. Globerson (1967) 252 Cal.App.2d 468, 471

2. Bringing pets to various locations

Can I bring my pet to a restaurant?

In L.A. County, restaurant owners are authorized (but not required) to allow dogs in outdoor Pet owner
dining areas, following certain guidelines.3Long Beach has its own health code, but follows the same policy as the rest of L.A. County; see here.

In the rest of California, restaurant owners are authorized to do so unless the city or county has specifically prohibited it.4CA Health & Safety Code Sec. 114259.6

Can I bring my dog to the beach?

In LA County, you can’t bring your dog (or any other pet) to the beach except for Belmont Shore Dog Beach.5LA County Municipal Code Sec. 17.12.290

Note: See more about beaches here.

3. Some rules for the city of LA

Is it actually illegal if my dog poops outside and I just leave it there?

Yes. You need to pick up their poop.6LAMC 53.49

What other rules do I need to know about my pets?

  • All dogs over 4 months old must be licensed, spayed/neutered, and vaccinated against rabies.7LAMC Section 53
  • All cats must be spayed or neutered.8LAMC section 53

How many pets am I allowed to have?

You may only have a maximum of 3 dogs and 3 cats per household, unless you get a kennel permit.9LAMC section 53 Other cities and areas have various limits,

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