Is There a Dog Leash Law in Lake County (Altoona, Astatula, Clermont, Eustis, Leesburg, Mount Dora, Tavares) Florida?
Pursuant to Chapter 16, Parks and Recreation, Article I, Park Rules and Regulations, Section 16-8, Animals and Pets, dogs are excluded from all parks except where specifically permitted. In parks where dogs are permitted, the dogs must be restrained by a leash not more than 6 feet in length. Dogs are only permitted to roam freely inside an enclosed or fenced area clearly marked for use by animals. Dogs shall wear their Lake County issued license tags at all times. To read more about dogs in Lake County parks see Lake County Code of Ordinances.
Lake County requires dogs owners to exercise sufficient care and control over their animals. Owners are prohibited from letting their dogs: run at large, continuously or repeatedly bark or cause other objectionable noise and damage or destroy the property of another. To read more prohibitions on dogs see Lake County code of Ordinances, Section 4-27.
Lake County does not seem to have a specific leash law in effect under its ordinances. However, one could argue that one does exist. Dog bites can inflict serious and sometimes permanent injury and the medical bills can become rather costly. It is important to seek legal representation if injured by a dog because of liability issues - under Florida Law, a dog owner is responsible for the damages incurred from a dog bite. Contact a Florida Personal Injury Lawyer if you have been bitten or otherwise injured by a dog.