City of Moraga

Moraga (incorporating the former communities of Moraga Town, Rheem, and Rheem Valley) is a suburban incorporated town located in Contra Costa County, California, United States, in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is named in honor of Joaquin Moraga, whose grandfather was José Joaquin Moraga, second in command to Juan Bautista de Anza. As of the 2000 census, Moraga was the 79th wealthiest place in the US with a population above 10,000.

As of 2010, Moraga had a total population of 16,016 people.

Dogs are not allowed in all public parks in the Town of Moraga.

Primary Responsibility: As in all dog-related injuries and pursuant to Civil Code §3342(a) “The owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.” In short, the dog owner is strictly liable for injuries and damages caused by his/her dog. The issue under consideration is whether or not a municipality permitting an off-leash use by dog owners subjects the municipality to liability for permitting dog owners to exercise their dogs in public parks off leash.