As a Los Angeles accident lawyer, I’ve discussed liability for dog bites in the past.
A corollary issue involves dog leashes: 1) Do dogs have to be leashed in Los Angeles?
If the answer is yes, 2) are there consequences for a dog owner who violates Los Angeles leash laws?
To answer 1), the Los Angeles Municipal Code requires all dogs to be leashed. The Municipal Code also includes specific locations where dog leashes are not required. Most notably, these include several dog parks in the city.
To answer 2), anyone who walks his or her dog sans the leash in violation of the Los Angeles Municipal Code is negligent. Whenever someone violates a law and someone else is hurt as a result, the violator is typically negligent “per se”. The law is there for a reason, and the violator caused the type of harm the law is intended to prevent. [ See Delfino v. Sloan, 20 Cal.APp.4th 1429]
Dogs running around without leashes can cause serious injuries. I know from my own experiences–my then-four-year-old daughter was savagely attacked by a dog that wasn’t on his leash a few years ago. Good thing she had an excellent lawyer.
A dog owner is automatically liable for injuries caused by his or her dog under California law. But a dog walker or anyone else in custody of the dog can also be held responsible for violating local leash laws.
If you are injured by a dog in Los Angeles that wasn’t on his or her leash, the Rabbi Lawyer is ready to assist, 24/6!