California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 1825

Introduced by Assembly Members Gordon and Maienschein

(Coauthors: Assembly Members Atkins, Baker, Bloom, Chang, Chiu, Hadley, Kim, Lackey, Linder, Mullin, Quirk, Steinorth, Mark Stone, and Williams)

(Coauthors: Senators Allen, Block, Hill, Jackson, and Pan)

February 8, 2016

An act to amend Section 31603 of the Food and Agricutural Code, relating to dogs.


AB 1825, as introduced, Gordon. Vicious dogs: definition.

Existing law provides for the designation and disposition of certain categories of dogs as potentially dangerous or vicious dogs pursuant to a specified judicial process, and requires that designation to be included in the registration records of the dog. Existing law defines the term “vicious dog” to include, among others, dogs seized pursuant to specified animal cruelty laws.

This bill would delete this category of dog from the above-specified definition of “vicious dog.”

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

P1    1


Section 31603 of the Food and Agricultural Code
2 is amended to read:



“Vicious dog” means any of the following:

begin delete

P2    1(a) Any dog seized under Section 599aa of the Penal Code and
2upon the sustaining of a conviction of the owner or keeper under
3subdivision (a) of Section 597.5 of the Penal Code.

end delete
begin delete


end delete

5begin insert(a)end insert Any dogbegin delete which,end deletebegin insert that,end insert when unprovoked, in an aggressive
6manner, inflicts severe injury on or kills a human being.

begin delete


end delete

8begin insert(b)end insert Any dog previously determined to be and currently listed
9as a potentially dangerous dogbegin delete which,end deletebegin insert that,end insert after its owner or keeper
10has been notified of this determination, continues the behavior
11described in Section 31602 or is maintained in violation of Section
1231641, 31642, or 31643.