Filing

When you’ve filled out the Civil Infraction form, you’ll need to meet with an Animal Control Officer. The officer will review the form to make sure it’s completed properly. The County Counsel will review the complaint, and may decide against going forward if it is decided that the complaint isn’t appropriate or isn’t likely to succeed.

If the County Counsel decides to pursue the complaint, there may be a hearing that you and your witnesses must attend. At the hearing, a judge will review the evidence and testimony. He or she will make a determination of guilt, and determine what fine, if any, is appropriate. The maximum fine is $500. The judge may also impose restitution to you if you have damages from the animal’s behavior.