CULVER CITY ANIMAL SERVICES
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)

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  BITING ANIMALS AND VICIOUS ORDINANCES

  My neighbor has an aggressive dog. 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 or the aggressive behavior 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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  I've been bitten by an animal. What should I do?

If you or any family member are bitten, call the Culver City Animal Services at 310-837-1221 immediately. The Culver City Animal Services Officer will respond to complete the paperwork and based on the circumstances, quarantine the biting animal. All animal bites must be reported. This is a matter of public health. The enforcement of these regulations is the responsibility of the Culver City Animal Services. Any dog or cat who bites a human must be placed in quarantine for a 10-day period and cannot be removed from Culver City unless permission is granted by Culver City Animal Services during this period. If medical treatment is required, the doctor or hospital providing the treatment should report the incident. Every attempt should be made to identify the animal so the owner can be contacted and the necessary paperwork completed.

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  My animal bit someone. What do I do?

The bite must be reported by calling Culver City Animal Services at 310-837-1221. The animal must be placed in quarantine for a period of 10 days. This quarantine is required even if the animal has been vaccinated for rabies. You may be able to keep the animal at your home under certain circumstances and only if the license and rabies vaccination are current. After the bite report is completed, Animal Services will follow up on the observation and release the animal from quarantine at the end of the quarantine period. It is your responsibility as the animal owner to prevent your animal from being a hazard to the community. You, as the responsible animal owner, are expected to be vigilant in preventing your animal from biting anyone. You, as the owner of any animal, are liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by your animal while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including your property as the owner of the animal [California Civil Code 3342]. If medical treatment is required, the doctor or hospital providing the treatment should report the incident. Every attempt should be made to identify the victim so that the necessary paperwork completed.

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  Are vicious dogs allowed in Culver City?

A dog determined to be a vicious dog may be destroyed when it is found, after proceedings conducted under Los Angeles County Code 10.37.110, that the release of the dog would create a significant threat to the public health, safety and welfare. If it is determined that a dog found to be vicious shall not be destroyed, the judicial authority shall impose the conditions upon ownership of potentially dangerous dogs required by Los Angeles County Code 10.37.130, the conditions required by this section, and any other conditions necessary to protect the public health, safety, and welfare [Los Angeles County Code 10.37.140].

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  What constitutes a potentially dangerous dog and a vicious animal?

Per the Los Angeles County Code 10.37.020, a potentially dangerous dog is defined as any of the following:

  1. Any dog which, when unprovoked, on two separate occasions within the prior 36-month period, engages in any behavior that requires a defensive action by any person to prevent bodily injury when the person and the dog are off the property of the owner or keeper of the dog.

  2. Any dog which, when unprovoked, bites a person causing a less severe injury than as defined in Los Angeles County Code 10.37.040.

    • "Severe Injury" is defined as any physical injury to a human being that results in muscle tears or disfiguring lacerations or requires multiple sutures or corrective or cosmetic surgery.

  3. Any dog previously determined to be and currently listed as a potentially dangerous dog which, after its owner or keeper has been notified of this determination, continues the behavior described in Los Angeles County Code Section 10.37.040.

Per the Los Angeles County Code 10.37.030, a vicious dog is defined as any of the following:

  1. Any dog that engages in or has been found to have been trained to engage in exhibitions of fighting.

  2. Any dog which, when unprovoked, in an aggressive manner, inflicts severe injury on or kills a human being.

  3. Any dog previously determined to be and currently listed as a potentially dangerous dog which, after its owner or keeper has been notified of this determination, continues the behavior described in Los Angeles County Code 10.37.020 or is maintained in violation of Los Angeles County Code 10.37.130.

A potentially dangerous dog has to be registered as such. Then the potentially dangerous dog has to be kept indoors or in a securely fenced yard from which it cannot escape, and into which children cannot trespass. When off the owner's property, it has to be restrained by a substantial leash and under the control of a responsible adult. A potentially dangerous dog declaration will impose conditions upon the ownership of the dog to protect the public. A dog determined to be a vicious dog may be destroyed when it is found, after proceedings conducted under Los Angeles County Code 10.37.110, that the release of the dog would create a significant threat to the public health, safety and welfare. If it is determined that a dog found to be vicious shall not be destroyed, the judicial authority shall impose the conditions upon ownership of potentially dangerous dogs required by Los Angeles County Code 10.37.130, the conditions required by this section, and any other conditions necessary to protect the public health, safety, and welfare [Los Angeles County Code 10.37.140].

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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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