Legislation Explicitly Recognizes that Public Entities Are Not Liable for Dog Bites Occurring in Dog Parks
Governor Brown signed today Assembly Bill 265, amending the Government Claims Act to provide clear and unambiguous immunity for public agencies owning or operating dog parks.
Government Code Section 831.7.5, effective January 1, 2014, clarifies that public entities that own or operate dog parks shall not be held liable for injury or death of a person or pet resulting solely from the actions of a dog in the dog park.
While the legislation does not change existing law, it provides clarity to public agencies that were hesitant to provide off-leash parks on the basis of potential liability arising from dog bites. The legislation does not change the fact that owners of a dog remain civilly liable for damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog in a public place.ShareThis