My dog got loose in the house and killed my neighbors dog outside and my neighbor called animal control... the renter wants me to take my dog out the premises... can I just take my dog to my friends/family house? Or I need to take to somewhere like AC or shelter, what’s the law? Can I still get my dog back? What they going to do at AC if I gave him to them/what’s the worst could happen to him? This is his first report
If your dog was taken by OC Animal Control, he is probably in quarantine for rabies, plus they are making a determination of whether he is potentially dangerous or "vicious." If Animal Control finds him to be potentially dangerous or "vicious," they can require that you get rid of him. The applicable statute says:
"The owner of a dog determined to be a vicious dog may be prohibited by the city or county from owning, possessing, controlling, or having custody of any dog for a period of up to three years, when it is found, after proceedings conducted under Article 2 (commencing with Section 31621 ), that ownership or possession of a dog by that person would create a significant threat to the public health, safety, and welfare."
You do have some minimal due process rights here if you want to fight the determination. If that is the case, I recommend contacting an attorney.
That said, your landlord almost certainly has a separate right to make you get rid of the dog based on the incident. Without seeing your lease agreement it's hard to say, but most lease agreements with pet provisions are conditioned on the pet not having vicious tendencies, and permission to have a pet can typically be revoked with 3 or 15 or 30 days' notice to the tenant.
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