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Kern County Animal Services exists to protect the health and safety of its residents and to ensure that all animals residing within county limits are treated humanely. All dog owners are expected and legally required to respect the safety of their fellow residents by acting responsibly and preventing their dog from causing injury or creating a nuisance.
Despite safety ordinances — and common sense — many people choose to treat their animals poorly, neglecting or abusing them, which causes these animals to become aggressive. Anyone who has been attacked or bitten by a dog knows just how traumatic a dog attack can be.
Dog attacks are emotionally scarring and painful experiences that require costly medical treatment. If you or a loved one has suffered a dog attack, it’s important that you speak with an experienced Bakersfield dog bite lawyer as soon as possible. The compassionate Bakersfield dog bite lawyers at West Coast Trial Lawyers understand what you are going through, and we will recover fair and just compensation if you or a loved one was attacked by a dog.
Below are Kern County dog ordinances every Bakersfield resident must know about:
If you were bitten by a dog in Kern County, please click here to file a report of the incident.
California law doesn’t specifically target pitbulls, but there are breed specific regulations that apply primarily to pitbulls and related breeds. 392 deaths were caused by a dog attack in the United States in the past twelve years. Unfortunately, 65% of those deaths were caused by pitbulls. If you combine pitbull fatality numbers with rottweiler fatality numbers, the alarming figure of 65% climbs up to 76%. And if you include dog breeds that are “cousins” of pitbulls and rottweilers, 76% rises to nearly 90%.
According to California’s breed specific ordinances:
Dog owners are liable for any injuries suffered by anyone bitten by their dog when in a public place, or while lawfully on private property. This includes the dog owner’s property, as well. This is referred to as a strict liability statute, meaning that a dog owner cannot dispute fault if their dog bites or attacks someone — they will automatically be liable to the victim who was injured. An injured party may therefore recover damages without needing to prove negligence on the dog owner’s part.
Further, anyone who has custody or control of a dog may be held strictly liable even if they are not the dog’s owner. Strict liability will apply even if the person took reasonable precautions to prevent an attack.
If you or a loved one suffered a dog bite or attack in the Bakersfield area, contact an experienced Bakersfield dog bite lawyer at West Coast Trial Lawyers today. Our attorneys will help get you the maximum compensation for your short and long-term medical care and other losses and damages. Consultations with a dedicated Bakersfield dog bite lawyer at our firm are always free, and you only pay when we get you compensation for your injuries. You can reach our friendly staff today by emailing us at email@example.com or by calling toll free at (661) 347-3610.