Dog Bite Laws in Ventura County

Dog bites can be incredibly damaging to those unfortunate enough to have to experience them. While we may consider dogs to be some of our most loyal companions they can still bite when they feel threatened or anxious. Some of the damages that victims can suffer as a result of a dog bite can affect a victim for a lifetime. Based on a multitude of reports, 4.5 million dog bites occur every year in the United States. Out of these 4.5 million dog bite incidents, 1 out of 5 become infected. These infections can lead to severe damages that in most cases require extensive medical treatment to reach a full recovery. If you or a loved one ever experience a dog bite, it is incredibly useful to understand not only what to do after receiving said dog bite but also to be aware of the laws that protect you from experiencing further damage. This article will focus on dog bite laws that protect the residents of Ventura County, and what to do after you have experienced a dog bite.

Dog Bite Ordinances
There are some laws in Ventura County that protect residents and visitors from the dangers of dog bites. One of these ordinances is the license tag requirements. Under this law, every person living in Ventura County who owns a dog over the age of 4 months must obtain a current license and license tag to own, said dog. The license tag should be attached to the collar or harness of the dog at all times. This law ensures that dogs in Ventura County are up to date on their vaccinations and are properly registered within the county.

There is also a strict leash law enforced in Ventura County, which deems it unlawful for any person to have their dog in public spaces, or the private spaces of another person without having their dog on a leash or some other kind of restraint. The law also dictates that the person handling the dog should be capable of restraining said dog. This essentially means that children should not be tasked with restraining a dog that could overpower them.

There is also a dog bite law in Ventura County that orders the destruction of wild dogs. This means that any dog at large, and is vicious or suspicious of being vicious may be shot by any peace officer or taken to a center and destroyed humanely.

If you sustain a dog bite injury in Ventura County, it is required that report the dog bite immediately to authorities, a medical professional, or an animal center. Unreported, and more importantly, untreated dog bites can lead to severe damages that can in certain situations be life-threatening.

Ventura County
Home to the Channel Islands, Point Mugu, and the beautiful Anacapa Island, it’s easy to see why Ventura County is something of a tourist hot spot. Located in Southern California, Ventura County comprises the Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura Metropolitan area. Included in the zone of Ventura County are the beaches that run along with Los Angeles and Long Beach. According to a 2010 census, Ventura County has a population of 823,318, and its county seat is the city of Ventura. People from around the world come to visit this space along the southern coast of California as well. Very few who live and visit Ventura County expect to be bitten by a dog, but these kinds of things happen. Thankfully, there are some laws in Ventura County that protect both residents and visitors.

Dog Bites & Infections
A majority of dog bite incidents tend to occur at home more than anywhere else. They are also inflicted by dogs that we are most familiar with. Those at the highest risk of dog bites are typically children between ages 5 and 9 years old and men. However, these dog bites can occur through other means and at different locations. For this reason, it is incredibly important to be aware of the best course of action in preventing the dog bite. Listed below are some tips as to how you can avoid suffering from a dog bite injury:

  • Don’t encourage your dog to play aggressively
  • Don’t disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for its young
  • Don’t pet a dog without allowing it to smell you first
  • If a dog looks as though they may attack, don’t run from the dog
  • Don’t panic or make loud noises when approached by an unfamiliar dog.
  • Don’t approach unfamiliar dogs
  • When small children play with dogs, make sure that they are under supervision.

Sometimes a dog will bite even after following these preventative measures. Some dogs will still attack when unprovoked. For this reason, it is vital that you understand the best ways to treat a dog bite wound. These treatments can vary based on the severity of the injury and are listed as follows:

  • Minor Wounds: With minor dog bite wounds it is recommended that you wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water, apply an antibiotic cream, then cover the wound with a clean bandage. You should see a healthcare provider if the wound becomes: red, painful, warm, or swollen; if you develop a fever; or if the dog that bit you was acting strangely.
  • Deep Wounds: If you have suffered a deep wound it is recommended that you apply pressure with a clean, dry cloth to stop the bleeding. If the bleeding does not stop or slow, or you feel faint or weak, call 911 or any other local emergency medical service immediately. With deep wounds, it is highly recommended that you seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Dog bite wounds can lead to life-threatening infections if left untreated. Some common infections that a dog bite victim can suffer from are bulleted below:

  • Rabies: Rabies is the most dangerous diseases that people can contract through dog bites. While cases of rabies are rare, the rabies disease is incredibly lethal. Rabies is a virus that affects the brain and once symptoms show is almost always fatal. One of the most common ways to contract rabies is through the bite and saliva of an infected animal. Victims who have been exposed to an animal that could have rabies should immediately seek out medical treatment.
  • Capnocytophaga: This is a bacteria that lives in the mouths of humans, dogs, and cats. These bacteria don’t make dogs or cats sick, so it is not always easy to identify if your pet has it. The spread of Capnocytophaga to humans is rare, but they are typically spread through bites, scratches or close contact with a dog or cat. Most people who come into contact with dogs or cats do not become sick. However, people with a weakened immune system are at a greater risk of becoming sick.
  • Pasteurella: this is a type of bacteria seen in over 50% of infected dog bite wounds. The bacteria commonly cause a painful, red infection around the bite area, but it can cause more severe conditions in those with a weakened immune system.
  • MRSA: methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA is a type of staph infection that is resistant to some antibiotics. Dogs and other animals can carry MRSA without showing symptoms. However, the bacteria can cause skin, lung, and urinary tract infections in people. In some, MRSA can spread to the bloodstream or lungs and cause life-threatening infections.
  • Tetanus: Tetanus is a toxin produced by a bacterium called Clostridium tetani, and can cause rigid paralysis in people exposed to it through deep bite wounds.

These are just some of the infections a victim could contract after receiving a dog bite. Fortunately, in Ventura County, both residents and visitors are protected by some laws preventing them from experiencing further trauma. However, if you do experience a dog bite, you as a victim have every right to sue the dog owner through a dog bite lawsuit to earn compensation for the damages you have suffered.

How Normandie Law Firm Can Help
Dog bites can be both incredibly physically damaging, and emotionally traumatizing. If you or a loved one has experienced a dog bite as a result of the negligence or misconduct of an owner, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against them. At Normandie Law Firm our dog bites personal injury lawyers can assist you in the often arduous process of building your case, filing your claim, and collecting compensation for your damages. While our attorneys are based out of Los Angeles, we also practice in Ventura County, San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco, Fresno, San Diego, Orange County, Stockton, Bakersfield, and throughout the entire state of California.

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