CULVER CITY ANIMAL SERVICES
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  DOGS RUNNING LOOSE

  I am on my own front yard, but it is unfenced. Can I have my dog off-leash?

Even on your own property, unless the premises or front yard is fenced, your dog is not allowed to be off-leash [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.330]. A dog can be loose on the owner's property ONLY if within a fenced enclosure. It is illegal to open the door for the dog to go to the "bathroom" and wander about the neighborhood. It is also illegal to open the door of your automobile and have the dog run off-leash and unrestrained in an unfenced yard or driveway to the house. Violations are subject to citations with fines up to $500.

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  I walk my dog off-leash, but I am carrying my leash. Isn't that legal?

No, just carrying your leash does not meet the "Leash Law" requirement. No dog is permitted to be loose on private or public premises unless such premises are fenced in such a manner as to adequately confine said dog. If your dog leaves your enclosed property, your dog must be restrained by a substantial chain or leash not exceeding six feet in length, in the control of a competent person and wearing a Culver City pet license [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.335].

A dog can be loose on the owner's property ONLY if within a fenced enclosure. Therefore, it is illegal to walk your dog off-leash, even if you are carrying the leash. Violations are subject to citations with fines up to $500.

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  What are the rules on animals running loose?

No dog is permitted to be loose on private or public premises unless such premises are fenced in such a manner as to adequately confine said dog.

There are several ordinances that apply:

The "Dog at Large" ordinance states that no dog is permitted to roam free. If the dog leaves the owner's or custodian's enclosed property, the dog must be restrained by a substantial chain or leash not exceeding six feet in length, in the control of a competent person and wearing a Culver City pet license [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.335].

A dog can be loose on the owner's property ONLY if within a fenced enclosure. It is illegal to open the door for the dog to go to the "bathroom" and wander about the neighborhood. It is also illegal to open the door of your automobile and have the dog run off-leash and unrestrained in an unfenced yard or driveway to the house [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.330].

The "leash law" applies only to dogs. This ordinance states that when a dog is being walked on any highway, street, lane, alley, sidewalk, median, parkway, court, public place, or public right-of-way, it has to be on a leash or lead at all times. Dogs being walked on a leash must also be wearing a Culver City pet license [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.320]. Violations are subject to citations with fines up to $500.

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  My neighbor's dog keeps getting out. What do I do?

You can submit a complaint via telephone at 310-253-6143, via e-mail at animal.services@culvercity.org, or via fax at 310-253-6217 (Please ensure to attention: Culver City Animal Services).

If the Culver City Animal Services Officer observes a violation at the time of the visit, appropriate action will be taken. Because most animal ordinances are considered infractions, the Culver City Animal Services Officer cannot take any legal action unless the Officer actually witnesses a violation in progress. This does not mean nothing can be done about a violation. Citizens can provide supportive evidence, photographs, video recordings, and documentation regarding a complaint to:

Culver City Animal Services
Culver City Police Department
4040 Duquesne Avenue
Culver City, California 90232

Citizens can also e-mail the information or complaint to:

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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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