Dangerous Dog Dilemma

With rising dog bite fatalities and injuries the dangerous dog problem requires attention.

Pit Bulls have been found to be responsible for more fatalities than any other breed in the United States. A national dog bite victim’s group that tracks fatal dog attacks across the states reported from 2005 to 2013, there were over  30 fatal dog bite attacks in California. 75 percent of those attacks were caused by Pit Bills.  Most states, including California, have anti-breed specific ban laws.  A summary of the state laws can be found here reported by the American Veterinarian Medical Association.

California state law prohibits cities and counties from banning specific breeds of dogs. However, some cities and counties have enacted it’s own program for the control of dangerous dogs since the amendment of Food and Agriculture Code Section 31683 in 2005 with Health and Safety Code 122331. The law allows “breed specific ordinances pertaining to mandatory spay or neuter programs only, provided that no specific dog breed, or mixed dog breed, shall be declared potentially dangerous or vicious under those ordinances.”

California cities that have a breed specific program in place under these laws can be found here.  Most of the ordinances involve mandatory sterilization of Pitt Bulls. The city of Gonzales, CA has a confinement requirement of Pit Bulls and La Verne, CA restricts Pit Bills in public places.

Being attacked or bitten by a dog, regardless of the breed, is a traumatic experience. In California, dog owners are held 100% liable when their dog bites a person. If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog in Sacramento, or anywhere in California, it is important to hire an experienced dog bite attorney who understands California dog bite law.

Edward Smith has been helping dog bite victims in Sacramento and throughout California for over three decades. Please contact my office for free friendly dog bite advice or a free case evaluation at 916-921-6400 or toll free at 1-800-404-5400,  We can also be found on Yelp.

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