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Can a Culver City Animal Services Officer enter my yard to remove an animal?
Yes, the Culver City Animal Services Officer is authorized to enter private property under certain conditions, especially under exigent circumstances [California Penal Code 597]. An Animal Services Officer may enter the property to investigate cruelty to animal violations and to investigate any violation observed in progress. This means if an Animal Services Officer is chasing a stray animal and the animal runs into the owner's yard, the Animal Services Officer may enter the property and remove the animal if the owner or custodian is not there to properly confine the animal. The Culver City Animal Services Officer is also authorized to enter private property to impound a biting dog and cat for rabies quarantine [California Health and Safety Code 121615 and 121625].
What are the liabilities concerning property damage or personal injury and my pet?
Any property damage or personal injury caused by an animal is the responsibility of the owner of the animal causing the damage or injury [California Civil Code 3342]. There is an ordinance relating to property damage or injury to another animal. However, there is no ordinance relating to personal injury or medical cost. Your options for recovery of personal injury expenses are civil issues and should be pursued through home owner's or health insurance coverage, small claims court, or a personal attorney.
Please, go to the following links for more information:
LICENSING AND ANIMAL PERMIT REQUIREMENTS
DOGS RUNNING LOOSE
CULVER CITY OFF-LEASH DOG PARK
"POOP SCOOPER" ORDINANCE
SPCALA HAWTHORNE SHELTER
STRAY AND FERAL CATS
WILDLIFE, NON-DOMESTIC AND EXOTIC ANIMALS
BARKING AND ANIMAL NUISANCE ORDINANCE
BITING ANIMALS AND VICIOUS ORDINANCES
CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
VIOLATIONS AND COMPLAINTS
CITATIONS AND APPEAL HEARINGS
Culver City encompasses approx. 5 square miles and is home to approx. 40,000 residents. It is just minutes from LAX, Marina del Rey and the Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Downtown Los Angeles, making it ideal for residents, business, and visitors alike. For more information, click here for the official website for The City of Culver City.
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