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Feb 07

What is Covered under Leash Laws?

Posted by: Personal Injury Attorney  
Tagged in: Dog Bites

What is Covered under Leash LawsIf you own a dog in the state of California, you are probably subject to a county or city leash law. Leash laws are designed to prevent dog owners from allowing their pets to run free, where they can be in danger from other dogs and from traffic, as well as present a danger to motorists and pedestrians.


The specific wording of the leash law is specific to the municipality. However, most leash laws require that if you have your dog outside of your home or your fenced yard, you must have your dog leashed to prevent them from running free. The specifics of the leash law may vary, however, so it is important to be knowledgeable of local laws. In some rural areas, for example, leash laws may only apply at night to prevent packs of dogs from attacking livestock. Alternatively, some municipalities allow the dog to be off the leash if they are on the owner's property, such as in the yard, whether the yard is fenced or unfenced. Still other areas allow dogs off their leashes in designated areas, such as in designated dog parks.

Violations of the leash law may result in fines, a court appearance, confiscation of your dog, or even prosecution under animal abandonment or animal cruelty laws. As a result, you should adhere to your municipality's leash law at all times to prevent these consequences as well as to protect your dog and other people and pets. If you have been charges with violating the leash law, Farhad Hamdam, Los Angeles dog bite attorney can help plead your case in court, possibly resulting in lessened penalties and fines or even in dismissal of the charges.