Guide to Laws for Pet Owners in San Francisco

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Many laws related to pets and pet owners are made at the state level. See our Guide to Laws for Pet Owners in California.

1. Dog bites

What are my responsibilities if my dog bites someone?

In the city of San Francisco, if your dog bites anyone, you must provide the bitten person with your information as well as information about rabies vaccination. You must also report the incident to the Dept of Animal Care and Control.1SF Health Code Sec 39 The owner or guardian of the biting dog is subject to an infraction and fine of $25.2SF Health Code Sec 41.5.1

2. Licensing for Pets

Do I need a license for my dog?

Yes, you must have a license from the city of San Francisco Dept of Animal Care and Control.

Do I need a license for my cat?

No, but it is optional.

3. Dog Breeders

Is it illegal to get a dog from a breeder?

Dog breeders are illegal in the city of San Francisco, but it is not illegal for individuals to buy from legal breeders outside the city. See our Guide to Animal Rights for more on this.

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