In Bradford County (Starke) Florida, residents and visitors are subject to the Code of Ordinances of Bradford County, Florida. Pursuant to Chapter 10 – Animals – Article II – Animal Control – Section 10-38 – Animals At Large – Owners’ Responsibilities, a dog owner has a duty to keep his or her dog from being an animal at large while the animal is off the dog owner’s property. Pursuant to Section 10-31 – Definitions, an animal at large includes a dog that is not under the control, custody, charge or possession of the dog owner by leash, chain, effective voice control, secure fence, or other means of confinement or restraint.
Based on the language of the Ordinance, it does not appear that there is a strict dog leash policy if the dog is obedient to the owner’s commands. Other County ordinances are more clear as to the necessity and requirement for dog leashes when the dog of off the owner’s property.
You can read more about the Bradford County (Starke) Florida dog leash provisions and other sections pertaining the Animals at the Code of Ordinances for Bradford County, Florida.
If a child is bitten by a dog (on or off a leash), the dog owner, under Florida Law, is responsible for the damages caused by the dog bite including but not limited to medical bills (past and future), pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. If you have a question about a Florida dog bite and the related personal injuries to a child, it is important to have the advice, counsel, and legal representation of a Florida Child Injury Lawyer.