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Los Angeles Dog Park Laws and Regulations

Prevent Dog Bite Injuries by Following Los Angeles Dog Park Laws

In order to visit a dog park in Los Angeles, you must first be aware of several laws and regulations, which are intended to create a safe environment for all pet owners and animals. Most of these regulations are straightforward and common sense. A few, however, are not so obvious and a dog owner can easily violate them without meaning to.


Below, our experienced dog bite attorneys will discuss the most important laws and regulations you must observe when visiting a dog park with your pet. If you have suffered a dog bite, West Coast Trial Lawyers is always here to answer any questions you may have about dog bite claims and available damages.

Dog Park Basics

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Only dogs are allowed at city beaches and parks. This means that puppies are not permitted. Neither are aggressive dogs. A dog who is of age must be licensed, vaccinated, and spayed or neutered. Your dog must also wear a collar and tag with your contact information.

Once these requirements have all been met, your dog must be on a leash that you can restrict to a maximum of six (6) feet while at the parking lot. You are expected to maintain control of your pet while it is leashed. Make sure you also bring baggies to clean up your dog’s waste immediately.

Please be aware that any food, dog treats, and alcoholic beverages are not permitted.

Los Angeles Dog Park Laws

  • All female dogs who are in a stage of heat are not permitted. 53.29
  • All dogs must be leashed at all times in the parking area. 53.06.2
  • Defecation must be immediately removed. 53.49
  • Dogs four months of age and older must be vaccinated and licensed. All dogs must wear tags and collars. 53.51, 53.15.3(a) and 53.21
  • Vicious dogs are not allowed. 53.34
  • Dogs must be spayed/neutered. 53.15.2
  • If a dog bite or injury occurs, the dog owner must exchange contact information with the aggrieved individual. 398 PC
  • Dogs cannot be abandoned. 597 PC
  • Dogs younger than four months are not allowed.
  • Dogs cannot be left unattended inside a vehicle. 597.7 PC
  • Alcohol is not allowed. 41.27
  • Any dogs who are suffering from a communicable disease are not allowed.
  • No other type of animal besides a dog will be allowed.

Available Damages

Accidents happen. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Below is a brief explanation of damages. Damages are a type of monetary award that is determined by a court of law to help compensate an aggrieved individual for any losses or injuries sustained as a result of someone’s negligence.

Economic Damages
Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to. Economic damages are calculated by determining the amount of out-of-pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries.

A few examples of economic losses include:

  • Loss of Earning Capacity
  • Medical Bills
  • Lost Wages

Non-Economic Damages
Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out-of-pocket losses. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:

  • Emotional Distress
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life

Punitive Damages
The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact were only incorporated in 5 percent of all verdicts.

Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case.

Limitations for Damages in California 
For the most part, there is no real cap on compensatory damages following a personal injury claim. This means that courts are able to award any amount they feel is appropriate and reasonable.

However, the only exception is regarding medical malpractice cases. In these cases, the limit for pain and suffering and other non-economic losses is $250,000.

West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Here to Help

If you are a dog bite victim and need help getting legal advice, West Coast Trial Lawyers has experienced dog bite attorneys that will help you recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and more. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation at our firm. No fees are paid until your case is settled. Reach out to our legal team 24/7 by calling (213) 927-3700 or emailing [email protected].


If you have been injured in an accident, you can count on the legal team at West Coast Trial Lawyers to fight for your rights every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation with a personal injury attorney.
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