Oakland, CA asked in Animal / Dog Law for California

Q: can i fight a ticket for dog running at large if the dog escaped on his own?

my dog always jumps our fence and hangs out in the front yard, AC comes and brings him down with a pole and writes me a ticket, this was around 7 in the morning so i had no idea the dog was out. can i fight the ticket because i didn’t know the dog was out or it it irreverent?

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William John Light
William John Light
Answered
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Riverside, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: It doesn't matter. It's your dog. It's running at large. You have a duty to have a better fence, or closed doors.

Tim Akpinar agrees with this answer

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
Answered
  • Little Neck, NY

A: You identified the issue (of relevance), and it is irrelevant that you knew or didn't know. But think of the upside. Maybe AC did you a favor. If you're dog could get over a fence, they wouldn't recognize the danger of a car. And if AC handled him with a pole, that could mean they possibly felt threatened. So that's better than someone on their way to work at 7:00 am claiming they were injured, which could be costlier than a ticket. You probably love your dog, so maybe for his protection, it could be better to make the yard more secure, keep him inside, figure out if there is something in the front that attracts him, something in the back that scares him, or if there are other factors. The good part is that your dog is okay. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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