How To File A Dog Bite Report In San Diego

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Want to file a dog bite report in San Diego? Here’s what you need to know.

Call San Diego Animal Services at (619) 767-2675 to report a bite. Make sure you get the name and any contact info of the dog owner, and remember what the dog looked like. Hopefully you took pictures of the dog. Provide as much information as you can. Without helpful information from you, it’s unlikely they will be able to identify and locate the dog owner.

The animal control representative should take down your information and create a report. Make sure you get a report number.

After the report is made, an animal control officer should go to the dog owner’s address. If the address is unknown, the officer should go to the area of the attack and try to locate the dog based on its description. Animal Control also investigates reports of animal abuse, cruelty, or neglect, as well as reports of stray animals, so it may take time to complete the investigation. Apparently, San Diego Animal Services investigates more than 6,000 bites per year. That’s 16 a day.

At anytime you should be able to contact them and request records using the report number. The records should show you everything that occurred, from the time you called to the time the officer completed his or her investigation. You must complete the Request for Copy of Records and mail, fax, or email it. The instructions for each are on the form. You can also complete an Authorization to Release Medical Records. That may not be in your best interest, however, because it allows the County and the dog owner to see your medical records.

Here are some other things you should know:

  • Both the person who was bitten and the dog owner must report the incident to Animal Control per San Diego County Code section 62.615; if the dog owner does not report the bite, then he or she is guilty of a misdemeanor;
  • Dog owners are strictly liable for dog bites per Civil Code 3342;
  • Dog owners must give his or her contact information and any information about the dog to the injured person per Penal Code 398;
  • “Vicious dogs” are defined in Food and Agricultural Code 31603; and
  • “Potentially dangerous dogs” are defined in Food and Agricultural Code 31602


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Evan Walker

Evan W. Walker is a La Jolla attorney who has practiced law since 2008. He is licensed to practice in California, Connecticut, and Louisiana. His entire practice has been in litigation.

Evan is from a small town outside of New Orleans. He attended law school in New Orleans, which was interrupted by Hurricane Katrina. After evacuating to Houston, Evan graduated in 2008 as part of the ‘Hurricane Katrina Class.’

After graduation, Evan worked for a New Orleans insurance defense firm. He defended insurance companies against Hurricane Katrina lawsuits brought by homeowners and business owners.

In 2010, he and his wife moved to New Haven, Connecticut, so his wife could complete a medical residency at Yale. During the next few years, Evan worked for Travelers Insurance Company defending countless personal injury lawsuits.

In 2014, he moved to San Diego so his wife could complete a medical fellowship at UCSD. He then opened his own firm to represent people after years of defending insurance companies.

Evan is a Featured Faculty at Attorney Credits, a CLE company, and a regular contributor to various podcasts and publications. He has also been interviewed by San Diego television stations about his cases and practice.

Evan spent almost a decade as a defense attorney who defended insurance companies from personal injury and property damage lawsuits. He knows how insurance companies bully people and deny claims. And he knows how to fight them.

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