Pet Laws 101

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Since July 1, San Diego Humane Society has been providing animal services in Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, San Diego, Santee and Solana Beach, in addition to the six cities and five Indian reservations we’ve been serving for years. With more of the county under our umbrella, more people and pets have access to the great services and compassionate care we’re known for. We’re also in charge of licensing, lost and found, and
Humane Law Enforcement in all of our contract areas.

Our Humane Law Enforcement officers have a presence in these communities seven days a week. They corral strays, respond to bite reports, transport sick or injured wild animals to Project Wildlife to receive care and investigate animal abuse cases. These friendly officers also patrol beaches and parks enforcing leash laws and educating owners. They can issue citations, make arrests, file charges and serve warrants when it comes to animal-related cases, and they work closely with their counterparts in other local law enforcement agencies. They’re citizens’ first line of defense for all animal-related emergencies.

“It’s our job to be there to keep everybody safe,” says Danee Cook, SDHS’s Captain of Humane Law Enforcement. Licensing is a little different now, too—definitely a change for the better. New tags contain barcodes that help us reunite lost pets with their owners even faster.

Although your animal services provider may have changed, many of the rules pertaining to animals have not and still vary from city to city. This may get a bit confusing, so here’s a helpful guide to common concerns for pet owners and legal beagles alike.


Who provides animal services?

Will I be held liable for rescuing a dog locked in a hot car?

How many pets can I have?

What if my dog bites someone?

Does my pet need a license?

Is it against the law to have a barking dog?

Can I take my dog to a restaurant?

What are the rules for service dogs and emotional support dogs?

When does my dog have to be on a leash?

Can I leave my dog in the yard while I’m not home?

 

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