Your Questions Answered: Dogs and Leashes
Question: Why is it important to keep my dog on a leash?
Answer: California law imposes strict liability, (financial responsibility for damages,) on dog owners for the bites of their dogs.
This means that the owner of the dog is responsible to people who are bitten when they were in a public place, like the sidewalk in front of your house, or, who or lawfully in a private place, like your front yard. So, it’s best to obey leash laws. Leash laws protect people, and, leash laws protect pets.
Dogs off of their property must be properly restrained by a leash or enclosed in a vehicle or cage.
In Riverside County, the dog must wear a handheld leash no longer than six feet. Be careful, because if you are using a retractable leash 8 foot leash, but only use 6 feet, it’s illegal. You must also have complete control of your dog while your pet is on the leash. If you do not, you may face a fine, and face civil responsibility, (pay damages,) to the person who is hurt.
You do not need to leash your pet:
- Within a fenced-in backyard;
- In a designated off-leash area;
- In a dog park designed for pet socialization.
But remember, even if your dog is leashed, if it bites someone, you are still “strictly liable” for damages. And, even if your dog is leashed but jumps on someone causing a fall and injuries, you may still be liable. While there are many defenses which can raise questions about who is ‘at fault’, it is best to keep your pets under control at all times, as California law tends to favor the person hurt by a dog.
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DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.