October 2, 2013

Is Homeowner's Insurance Required to Cover Dog Bite Related Personal Injuries in the State of Florida?

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In the State of Florida, dog are present in virtually every neighborhood. Dog ownership is both a great job and an important responsibility. In the State of Florida, a dog owner is strictly liable when the dog bites another person. While there are some exceptions to this general law and rule, the dog owner is typically liable for the dog bite related injuries in the State of Florida. When a person is bit by a dog, there is often a question or issue as to insurance question. As a Florida Child Injury Lawyer, the following question is often asked:

Is Homeowner's Insurance Required to Cover Dog Bite Related Personal Injuries?

The simple answer to this question is "No". Of course, there is more to the question and answer as stated. First, if there is dog bite related coverage under the homeowner's insurance policy, then the insurance carrier should provide compensation for the dog bite victim; however, many insurance policies in the State of Florida either do not cover dog bite related injuries or there is an exception or exemption in the Florida homeowner's insurance policy for dog bite related injuries.

There is no Statewide requirement in Florida that a dog owner carry liability, homeowner's, or renter's insurance that provide coverage for dog bite related injuries. While there are minimum insurance requirements for automobile owners in the State of Florida, there is no correponding requirement for insurance for dog owners in the State of Florida. In fact, some counties do not even require any registration or tagging of dogs as a requirement of dog ownership.

When an adult or child is bit by a dog, there are often many challenges including those related to medical care, medical bills, insurance, and, yes, the legal rights of the dog bite victim. The book - The ABCs of Child Injury - Legal Rights of the Injured Child - What Every Parent Should Know - has chapters on Dog Bite Injuries, Automobile Accidents, Day Care Center Injuries, School Injuries, and other topics. You can get this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.

January 12, 2012

What is Strict Liability for a Florida Dog Bite Injury? How Does It Differ from Negligence?

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In Florida, a dog owner is liable for injuries caused by a dog bite or dog attack pursuant to Section 767.01, Florida Statutes. Under this law, a dog owner is strictly liable for injuries caused by the dog bite or dog attack. In other words, the injury victim is not required to proof fault, knowledge, or predisposition to attack by the dog in order to prevail on a legal claim or lawsuit. As noted in Knapp v. Ball, 175 So.2d 808 (Fla. 3rd D.C.A. 1965), there was not assumption of risk by a dog bite victim by her mere presence in the Defendant's house as a guest. The Third District Court of Appeal further noted that liability is based on a legal obligation rather than on negligence. Furthermore, scienter or knowledge of a dog's prior aggressiveness is not required for such a case.

In most cases, a dog owner is strictly liable for the actions of his or her dog that cause injury to a victim. There are some exceptions to this general rule. When a person is injured as a result of a dog bite attack, there are often times many issues or challenges faced by the dog bite victim including medical bills, medical treatment, insurance coverage, damages, pain and suffering, and other issues.

Florida and other States have unique laws in place for dog bite injuries and attacks. These cases are much different than other types of injury cases like automobile accidents, slip and falls, and other incidents.

Many dog bite attacks and injuries can be avoided with better precautions and supervision of the dog / animal. This includes dog training, fencing, and the use of a leash at all times that a dog is off of the property. For more information on Florida leash laws, see Florida Leash Laws - County by County. When a dog attacks or bites a person, animal control agencies and / or local government agencies can take action to declare that the dog is a dangerous dog. See Florida Dangerous Dog Laws - County by County.

January 4, 2012

Brevard County Pit Bull Attack - What Florida Laws Apply?

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In Florida, children are the unfortunate victims of dog bite incidents and attacks. It was reported that an 11 year old Florida girl was bitten and attacked by a Florida Pit Bull breed type of dog. Trinity Ciolfi, age 11, was bitten when leaving a friend's house. She was later admitted to the hospital with fractured arms and lacerations. There was a large area on her arm that was injured as a result of the attack. Government officials put the dog under a 10 day quarantine. Unfortunately, the dog did not have its Rabies shots in order. See Dog Attack of a Central (Brevard County) Florida Girl.

Following a dog bite / attack injury to a child, there are many issues and challenges for a parent to deal with. Florida dog bite cases are governed by Chapter 767, Florida Statutes and local dog leash and dangerous dog ordinances and laws. Florid has a strict liability law in place for dog bite injuries. In other words, a dog owner is liable for a dog bite even if the dog did not have a history of aggression. A dog owner is liable regardless of its propensity or likelihood that it would bite a child or adult. Strict liability is different than common negligence which would require that the dog owner did something wrong or was at fault for the dog bite related injuries. In Florida, the privilege of dog ownership comes with it the responsibility for the acts and bites of the dog. There are some limited exceptions to the strick liability laws in Florida. For instance, a dog owner may be able to avoid responsibility if the dog bite victim was a trespasser and / or the dog bite victim purposely provoked the dog. In most dog bite attacks, the injured child is simply a victim who deserves compensation under Florida law for the injuries suffered as a result of the dog attack / dog bite.

Most Florida counties have a leash law in place. See Florida Dog Leash Laws - County by County. In addition, most Florida counties have a dangerous dog law in place. See Florida Dangerous Dog Laws - County by County. When a child is injured as a result of a dog bite, it is important to consult with a Florida Dog Bite attorney as to the rights of the injured child. In pursuing these cases, it is often helpful if the dog bite owner has homeowner's insurance in place that covers damages for dog bite injuries. Unfortunately, many homeowner's insurance policies have exemptions for dog bite injuries or animal attacks. If there is no coverage in place, the dog owner is still legally liable for the injuries or damage; however, payment for these damages must come directly from the Florida dog owner rather than the homeowner's insurance company.

December 5, 2011

Animal Control Hearing over Dog's Fate Following Serious Dog Bite to 3 Year Old Girl (Erica Leinhart)

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In Orange County, Florida, a hearing was held to determine the fate of a German Shepherd breed dog who bit a 3 year old girl at a park. It was reported by the Orlando Sentinel that the dog bit 3 year old - Erica Leinhart - in the face. Following the dog bite incident, the Orange County Animal Service held a hearing to hear statements from the dog owner (Joseph Marcica) and the girls' parents - David and Alicia Leinhart. The father stated that the injuries to his daughter's face met the criteria as established by Florida law to meet the injury type that would justify the standard for euthansia of the dog. There were also statement presented by neighbors of the dog owner as to the prior acts of the dog. The dog owner countered with statements that the dog was not dangerous.
See Orange County Dog Bite Attack Animal Services Hearing.

With respect to the animal service hearing, a decision will be made as to the fate of the dog. Whatever decision is made, the fact remains that a child suffered a serious personal injury as a result of a dog attack in Florida. Far too often, children are the unfortunate victims of dog bite attacks. Many of these dog bite incidents are preventable.

The book titled - The ABCs of Child Injury - Legal Rights of the Injured Child - What Every Parent Should Know - has chapters on Dog Bite Injuries, Medical Treatment / Medical Bills, Homeowner's Insurance and Claims, Damages / Compensation, and other topics. To receive a free copy of this book, go to The ABCs of Child Injury.

December 3, 2011

Orlando Florida Dog Bite - Personal Injuries to Child - Florida Dangerous Dog Laws and Florida Leash Laws

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In Florida, children are the unfortunate victims of dog bite injuries. Many Florida dog bite attacks can be prevented if the owner utilizes a proper leash and otherwise maintains control of the dog. Florida law provides for Strict Liability of dog owner when there is a dog attack. In other words, in most Florida dog attack cases, the dog owner is liable even if there is no prior history of aggression by the dog. In Florida, dog ownership comes with its responsibilities. In Orlando, Florida, a 3 year old girl - Erica Leinhart - suffered serious facial injuries when she was bit by a German Shepherd breed dog. The injuries were so severe that Erica required plastic surgery. The incident took place at the Blue Jacket Park in the playground area. A day at the playground for this little girl turned into a very traumatic and painful event for her. Following the dog attack, animal control investigated the incident and will hold a hearing to determine the fate and future of the dog. The parents of Erica Leinhart believe that the dog is dangerous. The dog owner believes otherwise. The problem is that the dog already attacked one little girl. See Orlando, Florida - Girl Attacked by Dog at Park. See also Florida Leash Laws - County by County and Florida Dangerous Dog Laws - County by County.

A parent face many challenges and issues when dealing with a serious injury to a child. Florida provides for many laws and protections for children. Even with these laws in place, children are still injured. Laws are violated and children are injured. The book titled - The ABCs of Child Injury - Legal Rights of the Injured Child - What Every Parent Should Know - has chapters on Dog Bite Injuries, School Injuries, Playground Injuries, Medical Bills / Treatment, Damages / Compensation, and other topics. A parent or other interested person can receive this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.

December 1, 2011

Dog Bite Attack - Madeira Beach, Florida - 5 Year Old (Shayna Lydick) Suffers Serious Facial Personal Injuries

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In Madeira Beach, Florida, a 5 year old girl (Shayna Lydick) suffered serious facial personal injuries as a result of a dog attack. The attack was reported by Bay News 9 (Pinellas County). The family of Shayna Lydick are very upset over the situation and the injuries to this Pinellas county girl. The family is also concerned about the safety of others in light of the dog attack by "Sampson". Shayna has been seen and treated by a plastic surgeon who informed the family that the injuries will be permanent in nature. See Dog Bite Attack - Madeira Beach, Florida.

In Florida, the owner of a dog is liable for injuries caused by a dog bite. Unlike some other States, there is no "one free bite" rule in Florida. In addition, a dog bite victim does not have to prove that the dog was previously known as a vicious or dangerous dog. If a dog bites a person, there is typically liability for the resulting injuries unless the dog bite victim was a trespasser or was hostile to the dog. In Florida, dog owners should maintain control of their dogs. Many dog bite incidents can be avoided with a proper collar, leash, and, yes, control by the dog owner. When a dog owner takes his or her dog out in public, there is always a risk that the dog may react to something or somebody and then bite a person. It does not necessarily mean that the dog is a "bad dog". It just means that the dog bit a person, caused injuries, and, yes, has caused a liability problem for the dog owner. See Florida Dog Leash Laws - County by County. See Florida Dangerous Dog Laws - County by County.

November 27, 2011

Florida Dog Bites - Risks to Children - Statistics and Important Information for Parents

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In Florida, children are the unfortunate victims of dog bite incidents. Some dog bites involve the family dog, a neighbor's dog, a relative's dog, a friend's dog, a stranger's dog, business owned dog, government owned dog, or stray. Whoever owns the dog - the injuries resulting from a dog bite injury can be quite significant from both a physical and psychological standpoint for a child. The Florida Department of Health posted an interesting article about Dog Bites on its website. According to a study conducted by health professionals and a veterinarian, there are more than 4.7 million reports of dog bites a year and approximately 50 % of these incidents involve children. It is estimated that more than 500 residents from the State of Florida are bitten by a dog each year and suffer injuries significant enough to require a hospital visit or admission. Children under the age of 10 years old were noted to suffer a higher proportion of injuries to the head and neck as compared to older victims. The study also noted that a greater number of un-neutered males accounted for over 70 % of the dog bite incidents. This statistic supports the need and utility of having dog owners neuter their male dogs. For more information regarding this study - See Florida Department of Health - Dog Bite Information, Statistics, and Advice. See also Florida Dangerous Dog Laws - County by County, and Florida Leash Laws - County by County.

September 27, 2010

Is There a Dog Leash Law in Holmes County (Bonifay, Esto, Noma, Ponce De Leon, and Westville) Florida?

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In Holmes County, Florida dog owners or other persons responsible for a dog have a duty to exercise proper due care and control of their dog(s) in order to prevent their dog(s) from becoming a public nuisance.

Public nuisance is defined as any dog which:
1. Disturbs and/or harasses person(s) or passing vehicles on public property or on the property of a person other than its owner ofr person responsible of the offending dog(s).
2. Attacks other animals on public property or on the property of another person who is not the owner or person responsible for the offending dog(s).
3. Damages public property or private property that does not belong to its owner or other responsible person
4. Excessively and continuously barks, whines, howls or makes other noises.
5. Creates noxious and offensive odors that can be detected on public property or private property of another person who is not the owner or other responsible person of the offending dog(s).

If dog owners do not comply with this ordinance in Holmes County, Florida they run the risk of having their dog(s) seized, and, in some instances, humanely disposed of. If you would like to read more on the Dog Provisions or provisions of other animals in Holmes County, Florida, please see Holmes County Ordinance No. 10-02.

Holmes County is located in Florida's panhandle and includes the following cities:
Bonifay, Esto, Noma, Ponce De Leon, and Westville.

September 20, 2010

Is There a Dog Leash Law in Franklin County (Alligator Point, Apalachicola, Carrabelle, and Eastpoint) Florida?

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Pursuant to Section 4-20 of the Franklin County, Florida, Code of Ordinances, all dogs must be kept under restraint in any residential or commercial property. Dog owners shall exercise due care to keep their dogs from becoming a nuisance. All dog owners will be held responsible for every behavior of their dogs and shall provide adequate food, water, shelter, medical care and a sanitary environment. Dog owners who fail to comply with this section may be charged with a second degree misdemeanor and punished accordingly.

A dog is considered under restraint if it is confined withing the real property limits of its owner or secured by a leash or lead or under the direct control of a responsible person.

Direct control is defined as the immediate, continuous physical control of a dog at all times by means of a leash, cord, secure fence, or chain of sufficient strength to restrain the dog and controlled by a person capable of restraining the dog, or safe and secure restraint within a vehicle. Voice control will be considered direct control when the controlling person is at all times fully and clearly withing unobstructed sight and hearing of the dog.

Franklin County is located Southwest of Tallahassee (Leon County) and includes the following cities: Alligator Point, Apalachicola, Carrabelle, and Eastpoint.

September 15, 2010

Is There a Dog Leash Law in DeSoto County (Arcadia, Brownville, Cubitis, Fort Ogden, Hull, Lake Suzy, Lansing, Nocatee, Southfort, Pine Level, and Platt) Florida?

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It is unlawful for dog owners in DeSoto County, Florida to permit their dog(s) to be a nuisance. If the owner is notified by an officer that their animal is a nuisance, the owner must immediately and permanently stop the nuisance. See Section 4.2 - Nuisance domestic animal.

Nuisance is defined as a domesticated dog(s) that
1. Is allowed to run at large or habitually destroy or damage property other than that of its owner.
2. Habitually lives out of garbage cans;
3. Digs holes on property other than that of its owner;
4. The dog barks or makes other utterances so as to interfere with the use and enjoyment of neighboring residential properties by their landlords or tenants;
5. Or, the dog exhibits or shall have any exhibited any tendency toward attacking, biting, mauling or otherwise injuring people or other animals.

Proper restraint of a dog(s) exists when the dog(s) is withing the real property limits of its owner, or is secured by a leash or lead, or is under the immediate voice control of a responsible adult. See Section 4.1 - Definitions.

DeSoto County, Florida is located in Central Florida towards the West Coast of the State and includes the following cities: Arcadia, Brownville, Cubitis, Fort Ogden, Hull, Lake Suzy, Lansing, Nocatee, Southfort, Pine Level, and Platt.

September 14, 2010

Is There a Dog Leash Law in Escambia County (Pensacola) Florida?

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It is unlawful in Escambia County, Florida for a dog to be off the premises of its owner or person responsible for the dog, if the dog is not under the direct control of its owner, person responsible for the dog(s) or other person. Dogs deemed not under direct control shall be considered unlicensed animals and private nuisances and owners run the risk of having the dog seized, restrained, impounded and disposed of. See Escambia County Ordinances, Chapter 10 - Animals, Section 10-12.

Direct Control is defined as the immediate, continuous physical control of a dog at all times by means of a fence, leash, cord or chain of sufficient strength to restrain the dog.

Owner is defined as any person, firm, corporation or organization possessing, harboring, keeping or having control or custody of an animal. Or, if the dog is owned by a person under the age of 18-year-old, that person's parent or guardian.

Escambia County is located in Florida's panhandle and includes the following cities:
Bellview, Brent, Brownsville, Century, Cantonment, Ensley, Gonzalez, Molino, Muscogee, Myrtle Grove, Pensacola, Pensacola Beach, Perdido Key, Warrington, and West Pensacola.

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September 12, 2010

Is There a Dog Leash Law in Jackson County, Florida?

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In Jackson County, Florida all dog owners must exercise proper care and control of their dog(s) to prevent them from becoming a public nuisance. See Jackson County Code of Ordinances, Section 10-1: Restraint of Cats and dogs.

"Public nuisance" is defined as and dog(s) which:
1. Disturbs or threatens to disturb passersby or passing vehicles;
2. Attacks or threatens to attack other animals;
3. Damages or threatens to damage private or public property; or
4. Run at large.

For you dog(s) to not be considered "running at large" they must be:
1. Currently vaccinated for rabies, is wearing a collar with a tag demonstrating the current rabies vaccination and containing the name and address of the owner; or
2. Under the control of or in the presence of its owner or its owner's designee; or
3. A hunting dog when present of private property with the prior permission of the property owner.

You can read more of the Dog Provisions of laws concerning other animals, including dogs classified as dangerous, at Jackson County Code of Ordinances, Chapter 10 - Animals.

Jackson County is located West of Leon County (Tallahassee) Florida and includes the following cities: Alford, Bascom, Campbelltown, Cottondale, Graceville, Grand Ridge, Greenwood, Jacob City, Malone, Marianna, and Sneads.

September 11, 2010

Is There a Dog Leash Law in Washington County, Florida?

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Washington County, Florida has different restraint requirements for dogs regarding the location of the dog(s) (i.e., whether the dog(s) is on or off the property of its owner or custodian).

Pursuant to Section 12-30(a) - Restraint and Confinement to Property, dog owners or custodians of dogs must exercise diligence and reasonable care to prevent their dog(s) from leaving their premises. Lawful restraint exists when the dog is:
1. Enclosed within a secure enclosure such as a house, building, fence, pen, or other enclosure where the animal escape by climbing, digging, jumping or otherwise. Such enclosure must be securely fastened any time the animal is left unattended.
2. On a leash, which is held by a responsible person.
3. Off a leash, but under the voice control and obedient to that person's commands and that person is present with the dog(s) at all times.

Section 12-30(b) governs dog(s) that are off the property of its owner or custodian. Pursuant to this part of the ordinance, owners and custodians of dog(s) must exercise diligence and reasonable care to keep their dog(s) under restraint while off the owner's or custodian's premises. The following are acceptable methods of restraint: The dog is
1. Located inside a parked vehicle provided it does not endanger the animal.
2. Confined within a secure enclosure with permission of the occupant of the property where the animal is temporarily located.
3. On a leash held by a responsible person.
4. Under the control of a responsible person and obedient to that person's commands to the extent that the animal will not trespass on the property of others.
5. In a securely fastened cage or animal carrier with adequate ventilation and room for the animal.

Washington County, Florida is located in Florida's panhandle and includes the following cities: Caryville, Chipley, Ebro, Greenhead, New Hope, Sunny Hills, Vernon, and Wausau.

September 8, 2010

Is There a Dog Leash Law in Okeechobee (Cypress Quarters and Okeechobee) Florida?

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In Okeechobee, Florida, dogs are prohibited from being at large or running at large. Any person who fails to exercise due care or control over their dog, or take the dog out of a secure enclosure or building and thereby allows the dog to run at large, shall be deemed in violation of section 10-8 of the Code of Okeechobee County, Florida.

"At large" is defined as not limited to any particular place, district, person, matter or question; open to discussion or controversy; not precluded, free; unrestrained; not under corporal control; as a ferocious dog so free from restraint at to be liable to do mischief; or not under the voice command of the dog's owner or custodian, or competent person designated by the owner or custodian. "Control" is defined as the regulation of the possession, ownership, care and custody of dogs. "Running at large" is defined as wandering or straying of a dog of the premises of its owner or keeper.

It is important to keep your dog under control because dog bites can inflict serious and sometimes permanent injury to adults and children alike. As a dog owner whose dog does inflict injury onto another, you will be liable for the damages resulting from the dog bite or other attack.

Okeechobee County, Florida is located in Central Florida towards the East Coast of the State and includes the following cities: Cypress Quarters and Okeechobee.

September 7, 2010

Is There a Dog Leash Law in Gadsden County (Quincy, Havana, and Chattahoochee) Florida?

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Section 10-63 of the Gadsden County, Florida, Code of Ordinances, prohibits dogs on public places if not under direct control. For purposes of this section, "direct control" is defined as:
1. The immediate, continuous physical control of a dog at all times by means of a secure fence, leash, cord or chain, or other means of sufficient strength to restrain the dog and the dog is controlled by a person capable of restraining the dog. Or, the dog is safely and humanely secured within a vehicle.
2. There is an exception made for hunting dogs and specifically trained dogs.

Also, under this section, a duty is created for dog owners to maintain direct control of their dog.
1. Dog owners or persons responsible for the care, custody, or control of any dog may not allow their dog to go on any public street, road, park or other public property if the dog is not under the direct control of the owner or person responsible for the dog.
2. However, this does not apply if the dog is on the premises of its owner or premises of the person in care, custody, or control of the dog.
3. There is also an exception made for hunting dogs or specially trained dogs.
4. Dogs not under direct control may be seized, restrained, impounded, and disposed of.

If your dog is found running at large and not under direct control on the property of another without the property owner's consent, the property owner or tenant is legally permitted to restrain the dog in a humane manner under section 10-59. After restraining the dog, the property owner or tenant is to immediately notify the director of animal control, who may then impound the dog.

Violators of this section risk incurring civil penalties ranging from $100-$500.

Gadsden County is located in North West Florida and includes the following cities:
Chattahoochee, Greensboro, Gretna, Havana, Midway, Mount Pleasant, and Quincy.

September 4, 2010

Is There a Dog Leash Law in Walton County (DeFuniak Springs and Santa Rosa Beach) Florida?

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Pursuant to Walton County, Florida, Code of Ordinances, Section 5-29, all dogs, when not on the owner's premises or on the premises of a consenting person, shall be and remain under the direct control of a person competent to control the dog at all times.

"Direct Control" is defined as the immediate and continuous physical control of the dog at all times by means of a fence, leash, cord or chain of sufficient strength to restrain the dog, or in a vehicle. However, animals under "direct control" shall at all times have access to shelter, water and food.

Walton County is located in the Florida panhandle and includes the following cities:
DeFuniak Springs, Freeport, Miramar Beach, Paxton, Point Washington, Redbay, and Santa Rosa Beach.

Dog owners in Walton County, Florida need to exercise due care and common sense. Compliance with your County's laws will reduce or prevent the likelihood of a serious dog incident that can cause serious or permanent personal injuries to children and adults alike. Leashing your dog, when off your property, is a simple way to reduce the risk of incurring any liability for injuries caused by your dog. If you would like to read more of the Dog Provisions of Walton County, Florida please see Code of Ordinances of Walton County, Florida.

September 2, 2010

Is There a Dog Leash Law in Gulf County ( Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka) Florida?

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In Gulf County, there are county ordinances that regulate the licensing, classification, confinement and disposal of dogs and cats. Pursuant to the Gulf County Code of Ordinances, dog owners have a duty to prevent domestic animals (dogs and cats) from running at large. Under the definition section of the Code of Gulf County Ordinances, the following definitions apply:

"At Large" is defined as an animal when off the property and not under restraint.

"Confined" is defined as within a building, pen fenced yard, vehicle, on a leash or on a chain.

"Restraint" is defined as confined within the real property limits of its owner or secured by a leash or lead.

It is important for dog owner in Gulf County to keep control of his or her dog. Confining a dog to a particular area and / or utilizing a leash at all times off the property will help prevent incidents in which a dog, for cause or not cause at all, bites an adult or a child. Dog bite injuries continue to occur across the State of Florida and involve serious injuries that involve costly medical bills, pain and suffering, and permanent scarring and disfigurement. You can read more these regulations at Gulf County Animal Control County Ordinances.

Gulf County is located in Florida's panhandle on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and includes the following cities: Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka.

September 1, 2010

Is There a Dog Leash Law in Hardee County (Bowling Green, Wauchula, and Zolfo Springs) Florida?

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In Hardee County, Florida, a down owner has a duty to maintain possession, charge, custody or control of a dog and shall not allow the dog to run "at large". When a dog is off the premises of the owner, there is a duty to keep the dog on a leash or otherwise under the direct control of the dog owner pursuant to Section 4.105 - Dogs and Cats at Large - Restrictions - Code of Hardee County Ordinances. Direct Control is defined as immediate and continuous physical control of an animal at all times such as by means of a fence, leash, cord, or chain of specific length. For specially trained dogs, Direct Control is defined as dogs that respond to oral or aural control assuming that the person controlling the dog is within the unobstructed sight and hearing of the dog.

You can access the Animal Control County Ordinances for Hardee County and also read other information at Hardee County Animal Control.

It is important for dog owner in Hardee County to follow Animal Control ordinances and also to exercise due care and common sense when owning a animal. Compliance will help prevent the incidents of serious dog bite incidents that cause serious personal injuries to children and adults alike.

Hardee County, Florida is located in Central Florida just south of Polk County and includes the following cities: Bowling Green, Wauchula, and Zolfo Springs.

August 31, 2010

Is There a Dog Leash Law in St. Lucie County (Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, and St. Lucie Village) Florida?

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If a dog is off its owner's private property, the dog must be under restraint unless the dog is actively engaged in the sport of hunting. A dog, properly under restraint in St. Lucie County, is a dog that is secured by a leash or lead. "Leash or lead" is defined as a cord, rope, chain, or similar device which holds an animal under restraint and is not more than six (6) feet in length.

If you would like to read more of the Dog Provisions of St. Lucie County, Florida please see Code of Ordinances, County of St. Lucie, Florida, Article II - Animal Control.

St. Lucie County, Florida is located on the East Coast of Florida and includes the following cities: Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, and St. Lucie Village.

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August 30, 2010

Is There a Dog Leash Law in Martin County (Indiantown, Jensen Beach, Jupiter Island, and Stuart) Florida?

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Pursuant to Marion County, Florida, Code of Ordinances, Chapter 9 - Animals, Article 4 - Animal Control, Care and Treatment, Sec 9.90 - Animal Restraint Law, dogs off the property of their owner must be under restraint or control of a competent person by means of a chain, leash, or other similar device, or is in a secure cage or other secure enclosure. Also, dogs shall not be allowed on any County owned athletic field or facility or parks unless otherwise permitted.

Under the Martin County Ordinance, "at large" is defined as any animal running loose that has a current or traceable Martin County license. "Control" means the regulation of the possession, ownership, care and custody of a dog. If you would like to read more about the Dog Provisions see Marion County, Florida, Code of Ordinances, Chapter 9 - Animals.

Martin County, Florida is located on the East Coast of Florida and includes the following cities: Arundel, Indiantown, Hobe Sound, Hutchinson Island South, Jensen Beach, Jupiter Island, Ocean Breeze Park, Palm City, Sewall's Point, and Stuart.

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