Allow owners the right to file a report after an animal is attacked in unleashed areas.
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Spartan a yellow Lab who is a licensed therapy dog, was viciously attacked and seriously injured by two aggressive dogs at the Torrey Highlands Dog Park. When Spartan’s owner contacted the San Diego Department of Animal Services to report the incident, she was informed that owners enter a dog park at their own risk and there is no legal code to report this incident. If a human is bitten or attacked by an animal, there is a legal code to report the incident, irrespective of the location. Owners of dogs should have the same right to report an attack on their animal in order to have it on public record that a dog has attacked before. In addition, signs should be required at public locations such as dog parks stating that the dog owners have the inherent responsibility for the behavior of their animals.
Spartan's Law states that the Department of Animal Services must:
*Protect the safety of our dogs in off-leash areas/dog parks & dog beaches and encourage dog owners to file an incident report of dog attacks or fatalities.
*Establish a reporting framework for incidents in San Diego county dog parks & dog beaches in order to avoid another injury to a human or animal.
*Require that every officially sanctioned off-leash dog park or beach have a sign displayed that clearly states that owners are legally responsible for their dog’s action. Municipal Code 63.0102 .
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