Aggressive Dog at Haskell's Beach

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Isn't there is a law where dogs need to be on the leash? Why is it that people bring their dogs to family areas, take them off the leash and let them be unsupervised? A husband and wife in their 60s had a big poodle which just tackled a little kid! Please keep an eye out for a 110-pound dog. I really wish people, in this case dog owners, would obey laws and care about others.

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CivilEngineer Aug 14, 2017 09:05 AM
Aggressive Dog at Haskell's Beach

County animal control is available on Saturdays during the day through the shelter phone, not sure if they answer on Sundays. Best bet is to call the sheriff's dept and have them make the call. City animal control is on call on weekends and will take forever to get there. Best bet is to call 911 and have them send an officer to document what is going on.

I was at Mesa Park last week and every dog except mine was off leash. So apparently there is very little enforcement going on. One dog owner didn't even have a leash or any control over their dog so had to walk with it holding the collar to prevent it from running up to mine.

mattyboy Aug 12, 2017 07:58 PM
Aggressive Dog at Haskell's Beach

A woman and her child brought two off-leash dogs (one puppy-ish, the other grown but still a smaller dog) down the stairs to the beach at Shoreline. My daughter & I were just getting down the last few stairs when the dogs ran between our legs, nearly tripping us on the concrete stairs with large rocks below. "Sooorrry," said the woman. After we made it to the sand the dogs were running, chasing each other back & forth, and at one point ran into my 3yo daughter almost knocking her over. I nudged the dogs away with my foot. Again, "Oh, sorry!" said the woman. Thankfully it didn't happen again, as I was prepared to kick with force. "Oh, sorry!" Get a clue.

420722 Aug 12, 2017 05:39 PM
Aggressive Dog at Haskell's Beach

Thank you butterfly for making the most senses. Oceandrew is talking like one of those dog owners that licks their dog back and thinks their human too. Like the people that claim their dog is a "therapy" dog.

If your at an on-leash beach and your dog jumps on anyone it's YOUR fault, period.

Flicka Aug 12, 2017 04:52 PM
Aggressive Dog at Haskell's Beach

It is never okay for a dog to be aggressive with a child, or an adult. The exception would be going after a trespasser at their own private property/home. Just a fact, no excuses accepted for doing it in public.

a-1502577883 Aug 12, 2017 03:44 PM
Aggressive Dog at Haskell's Beach

Dog attacks kid = dog owner needs to lose dog for a bit & pay a huge fine to the point it hurts to send a lesson. Publish owner's name too.

oceandrew Aug 12, 2017 04:25 PM
Aggressive Dog at Haskell's Beach

Oh c'mon, Butterfly 1957, put your self righteous indignation back in its sheath. And calling people names because you misinterpret their short comments is really in poor taste. Want to jump to conclusions about what happened here without any facts or information, by all means jump away but the kookie one is you. I asked for proof before I make conclusions at to blame and responsibility. If that makes me a weirdo then the democratic principles that makes this a great country are a sham.

ButterFly_1957 Aug 12, 2017 03:59 PM
Aggressive Dog at Haskell's Beach

Public place = always dog's fault. Sorry OceanDrew and other weirdos but if your dog can't play nice around children or anything else, get lost!

oceandrew Aug 12, 2017 02:33 PM
Aggressive Dog at Haskell's Beach

Alas, many dog owners will claim their pooch is a family member too and that the child provoked the dog. Children approach dogs quite frequently without proper training or restraint. Who knows why this poodle "tackled" the child? Certainly no proof of it here.

Roger Aug 12, 2017 12:36 PM
Aggressive Dog at Haskell's Beach

Did the kid get hurt? Was the police called? Once the police respond Animal control is contacted...

a-1502565799 Aug 12, 2017 12:23 PM
Aggressive Dog at Haskell's Beach

It's Santa Barbara County Code Section 26-49, but when I google that, land use and zoning comes up. I'm sure the leash law is there *somewhere.*

a-1502565723 Aug 12, 2017 12:22 PM
Aggressive Dog at Haskell's Beach

Ridiculously hard to find a simple statement of county leash law. Not so hard to find SB City's.
COUNTY, as found at County Parks site
"In general, dogs are required to be leashed within county parks and open spaces unless an off-leash privilege has been established for a specific designated area. The standard canine policy is set forth in the Santa Barbara County Code:

Section 26-49. Dogs required on leash. No person shall bring a dog into or permit a dog to enter or remain within, or maintain a dog within any county recreation area unless the dog is on a leash not more than six feet in length and under the immediate control of a capable and responsible person, or properly confined. It is unlawful to permit any dog to run at large within any county recreation area or to be within any county recreation area without a physical restraint. (Ord. No. 3708, § 1; Ord. No. 4508, § 1)

a-1502565174 Aug 12, 2017 12:12 PM
Aggressive Dog at Haskell's Beach

Call county animal control ------oh shoot, do they anser phones on Saturday? Can you or did you get licence plate? At least if the owners are contacted, they'll know they're on notice, if you can't prove it. If dog doesn't have a license theyll get a fix it ticket.

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