In Sumter County, Florida, residents and visitors are subject to the Code of Ordinances for Sumter County , Florida. Pursuant to Chapter 4, Animal Control, Section 4 – 10 – Dogs and Cats Running at Large – a dog owner has a duty to keep dogs from “running at large” when in or upon any public street, sidewalk, or other public property of another. A dog owner must keep his or her dog pursuant to Section 4 – 4 – Definitions under Direct Control which means restraint or control by a fence, leash, cord, or chain sufficiently to restrain the dog.
You can read more about the Sumter County, Florida dog leash provisions and other sections pertaining to Dogs at the Code of Ordinances for Sumter County.
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.