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LA County 'vicious' dog cases under animal control jurisdiction

Animal control officers in L.A. County will soon have the right to declare a dog "vicious." That designation could result in the animal being euthanized.

July 27, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Animal control officers in L.A. County will soon have the right to declare a dog "vicious." That designation could result in the animal being euthanized.

Officials say a "vicious" dog is one that's trained to fight or aggressively injures a person when not provoked.

Previously, only a judge could find a dog "vicious."

The new ordinance is expected to save legal costs and increase public safety.

Dog owners will be able to contest rulings within five days of a designation.


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