If you are bitten by a police dog, Civil Code Section 3342 still applies:
The police will not be liable if the police dog is acting in the normal course of its’ duties in providing some law enforcement function.
For example, if you are a felon fleeing a crime scene on foot, and the police lawfully dispatch the dog, there probably is not police liability.
The only difference if you’re bitten by a police dog, as it pertains to a civil claim, is that you should be sensitive to the 6-month claim statute that requires a claimant to file a personal injury claim against a government entity within six months of the date of the incident.
Learn more about dog bite injuries.
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