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Food and Agricultural Code - FAC


  ( Division 14 enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15. )

CHAPTER 9. Potentially Dangerous and Vicious Dogs [31601 - 31683]

  ( Chapter 9 added by Stats. 1989, Ch. 761, Sec. 1. )

ARTICLE 5. Miscellaneous [31681 - 31683]
  ( Article 5 added by Stats. 1989, Ch. 761, Sec. 1. )


If any provision of this chapter or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, that invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of the chapter which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this chapter are severable.

(Added by Stats. 1989, Ch. 761, Sec. 1.)


The Judicial Council shall prepare all forms necessary to give effect to this chapter, including a summons or citation to be used by law enforcement agencies in the enforcement of this chapter. This chapter does not affect or change the existing civil liability or criminal laws regarding dogs.

(Added by Stats. 1989, Ch. 761, Sec. 1.)


Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prevent a city or county from adopting or enforcing its own program for the control of potentially dangerous or vicious dogs that may incorporate all, part, or none of this chapter, or that may punish a violation of this chapter as a misdemeanor or may impose a more restrictive program to control potentially dangerous or vicious dogs. Except as provided in Section 122331 of the Health and Safety Code, no program regulating any dog shall be specific as to breed.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 668, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2006.)

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