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Dogs are the most popular choice of pets. In Long Beach, there are nearly 58,245 households that own dogs. With a staggering amount of people taking care of dogs, dog bite injuries could happen at any given moment. It is the responsibility of the dog owner to prevent this from happening by properly training their dogs into becoming well-behaved animals. Failure to do so may result in dangerous circumstances where an innocent individual could suffer from serious bite injuries. If this occurs, then the owner will most likely face a dog bite lawsuit. 

If you are suffering from a dog bite injury and would like to sue the dog owner for lack of control or proper training, West Coast Trial Lawyers is readily available to provide you with legal assistance. Our Long Beach dog bite attorneys will make sure you get maximum financial and emotional compensation for damages you suffered from the attack. Our attorneys have over 60 years of legal experience with handling cases relating to personal injury. We are determined to meet your expectations and settle the case in your favor. 

Our Long Beach personal injury law firm has won over 5,000 cases. We have also acquired more than $1 billion in settlements and judgments for our clients. With the number of personal injury cases we have succeeded in winning, we have been recognized as one of the top personal injury law firms in Long Beach. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with our Long Beach dog bite attorneys, reach out to our 24/7 legal team by calling (562) 396-9874 or emailing [email protected]

Long Beach Dog Park Laws

Puppies and aggressive dogs are not allowed to enter the beach or a dog park.  Your dog must be:

  • Licensed,
  • Spayed (if female), 
  • Neutered (if male), and
  • Vaccinated.

Before you head out to a dog park or beach, it is important for you to pack up the required essentials for your dog. This includes:

  • A dog collar with a tag attached to it,
  • A dog leash that can be restricted to 8 feet or less, and
  • A dog bag to pick up fecal matter. 

Do not bring alcoholic beverages to the dog park. Dog treats and food are not allowed either. Bringing those will most likely cause a commotion. For example, a group of dogs could run up to you and attempt to get the food or treat out of your hands. 

The city of Long Beach has several other dog park rules. This includes:

  • Dog owners must have the capability of maintaining proper control of their dogs.
  • Only one dog may be accompanied per adult. 
  • Dog owners must comply with posted rules to ensure the safety of everyone utilizing the dog park. 
  • The dog owner is required to visually and vocally have control of their dog at all times.
  • Puppies younger than 4 months are not allowed to step into the dog park.
  • Dog owners are held liable for injuries caused by their dogs. 
  • Female dogs who are in a stage of heat must not enter the park.
  • Spiked collars should not be worn since they have the ability to harm other dogs.
  • Dog owners may bring water for their dogs.
  • If children are present, they must be under supervision by their parents or legal guardian. 
  • Children must not yell, scream, shout, or wave their arms around in the park.
  • Children should not excite or antagonize dogs. 
  • Professional dog handlers or trainers are not permitted to utilize the dog park for instruction. 
What If My Dog Was Provoked?

Provocation may occur under various circumstances. It has been common for people to anger a dog by:

  • Consistent poking,
  • Teasing, 
  • Tapping,
  • Pulling its ears or tail, or
  • Making movements or gestures that annoy the dog. 

If your dog ends up attacking a person who does one or more of what is listed above, you may have a difficult situation to deal with. Any convincing evidence that took place prior to the attack may help you avoid being held responsible for it. If the person who triggered your dog decides to be truthful and speaks out about the incident, then you will not have any charges filed against you. 

If you happened to document the taunting by taking pictures or recording it, then you will have a good amount of proof to show you were not responsible. However, if the person avoids telling the truth and there is no documentation of the incident, then chances are that you may have to face consequences for the altercation. 

The opposite is also true. If you provoked a dog into attacking, you will almost certainly not be able to file a claim for the recovery of damages. Please consult with an experienced Long Beach dog bite attorney to discuss whether or not you are entitled to file a personal injury claim.

Dog History

There are circumstances where an individual could barely do anything to a dog and that itself could provoke an attack. This primarily applies to unstable dogs and aggressive dogs. Dogs that are unstable could become irritated quickly after being involved in a minor provocation. For this type of problem, the dog owner will be held liable for any injuries or harm sustained by the provoker. The owner must be aware of their pet’s personality and how it reacts to certain things.

When it comes to aggressive dogs, owners must have an idea about how their dog would react to movements or gestures that could set them off and act responsibly. Additionally, aggressive dogs are not permitted in a dog park. If an altercation occurs with the victim or another dog, then the owner will be responsible for any damage done. 

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If you are a dog bite victim and need help getting legal advice, West Coast Trial Lawyers has experienced Long Beach dog bite attorneys that will help you recover financial and emotional compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, emotional distress, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation at our Long Beach personal injury law firm. There are no financial risks when you use our services. Our 24/7 legal team will help you set up an appointment. To get started, contact us by calling (562) 396-9874 or emailing [email protected]

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