$100 Fine Issued to Los Angeles Pet Owners if Dogs Are Walked Without a Leash
For Los Angeles pet owners, walking a dog without a leash could impose a $100 dollar fine. The new system had been adopted earlier this month by the The Los Angeles City Council. The recent incident also prompts new attention to California’s dog bite law in how today’s “quality of life” crimes are currently being resolved. The new law prompts owners to be responsible for any damages, regardless of the incident.
Walking Dogs Without a Leash Can Result In Injuries
Dog owner’s can be held responsible for negligence if the dog is without a leash. Under the new program, fines for animal-related offenses begin at $100, then increase to $250 and then $500. In each incident, officers can still decide whether to issue a warning, a financial penalty or a criminal case.
Councilman Paul Koretz said these ‘quality of life’ issues are hard to enforce, since police officers aren’t willing to initiate court cases for such offenses. He proposed the concept of the program called Administrative Citation Enforcement which will help officers deal with minor offences without going to court.
The pilot program for the Administrative Citation Enforcement gives the Los Angeles Police Department and the Department of Animal Services a new tool which bypasses the court system allowing officials to impose fines for offenses such as citing a the owner for having a dog without a leash.
California Dog Bite Statistics
Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States seeks medical attention for a dog bite. There are approximately 800,000 bites per year in the United States that require medical treatment. Most of the victims are children, and most of them are bitten on the face. Almost $165 million is spent treating dog bites, and 70% of dog bites occur on the owner’s property.
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