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Q: Can someone take a picture of my dog outside my gate an have animal control come onto my property an seize my dog

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: In California, the circumstances under which animal control can enter your property and seize a dog are governed by both state law and local ordinances. Generally, animal control officers must have reasonable cause to believe that an animal is being mistreated or neglected, or that it poses a danger to the public, before entering private property without the owner's permission.

A photograph of your dog taken outside your gate might prompt an investigation by animal control, especially if it appears to show evidence of abuse, neglect, or a violation of animal welfare laws. However, the mere act of someone taking a picture of your dog and reporting it to animal control does not automatically grant them the authority to enter your property and seize the animal.

If animal control officers believe there is an immediate danger or urgent need to protect the welfare of the animal, they might be able to enter your property without your consent under exigent circumstances. But in most cases, they would need to obtain a warrant or your permission to enter and remove the dog.

It's important to understand your rights and the legal procedures that animal control must follow. If you believe your rights have been violated, or if you face an issue with animal control, consider seeking legal advice to understand your options and protect your interests. Remember, each situation is unique, and the appropriate action will depend on the specific facts and circumstances involved.

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