California Leash Laws Exist For a Reason

by Staff Blogger | April 18th, 2016

California has strict leash laws for a reason. In recent years, there have been an increased number of dog bite incidents reported. In fact, around 1,000 dog bites are reported every day in the U.S. Many of those incidents involve vicious or skittish dogs that are either off-leash or left unattended. It’s obvious that you should never let your dog roam the neighborhood off-leash, but did you know that it can also be illegal to leave your dog on-leash in public?

In California, dog owners are required to provide adequate access to food and water to any dog that is tethered. That means if you walk your dog to a store, tie the dog to a table, and go inside, you’ve just committed a misdemeanor offense. However, if your dog bites someone while you’re in that store, you’re potentially in a lot more trouble.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we believe dog owners should be held responsible for the conduct of their pets. Many times, dog bites could have been avoided if the owner had taken proper precautions. If you or someone you love was the victim of a dog bite, give us a call immediately. Our San Francisco dog bite attorneys will hold the owner accountable for your injuries and protect your right to compensation.