In Marion County (Ocala, Silver Springs) Florida, residents and visitors are subject to the Code of Ordinances of Marion County, Florida. Pursuant to Chapter 4, Animal Control and Enforcement, Section 4-4 – Control of Animals, every dog owner has a duty to keep his or her dog under restraint. A dog owner is required to take reasonable precautions to prevent the dog from leaving the owner’s property. Reasonable precautions would include humane confinement in a house, building, fence, crate, pen or other enclosure. Reasonable restraint also includes humanely securing the dog by chain, cable, trolley, rope or other device. Reasonable restraint also includes the use of a leash. A dog owner is also required to take similar reasonable precautions as to restraint when the dog if off of the owner’s property.
You can read more about the Marion County (Ocala, Silver Springs) Florida dog leash provisions and other sections pertaining to Dogs at the Code of Ordinances for Marion 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.