In Leon County (Tallahassee) Florida, residents and visitors are subject to the Code of Ordinances of Leon County, Florida.
Pursuant to Chapter 4 – Animals – Article II – Animal Control – Section 4-35 – Running At Large, a dog owner has a duty to maintain direct control and possession of the dog while the dog is off of the property of the dog owner. Direct control is defined as immediate continuous physical control of the dog by a leash, cord, or chain. Direct Control requires that the dog be controlled by a person capable of restraining the dog or that the dog is controlled by a safe and secure restraint within a vehicle. Sporting and police dogs are not subject to these regulations.
You can read more about the Leon County (Tallahassee) Florida dog leash provisions and other sections pertaining Animals At Large at the Code of Ordinances for Leon 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.