Is There a Dog Leash Law in Osceola County (Celebration, Kissimmee, and St. Cloud) Florida?

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Under Section 4-42 of Osceola County, Florida, Code of Ordinances, dog owners are prohibited from allowing their dog to run at large on any public or private property without the consent of the property owner or resident. When a dog is not on its owner’s premises or the premises of a consenting person, the dog, at all times, shall be under the direct control of a competent person or shall be confined within a humane and suitable enclosure sufficient to prevent escape. A dog owner also has the duty and responsibility to exercise due care so as to prevent his or her animal from causing physical injury to any person or damaging the property or animals of another. However, an exception is made for dogs who cause injury in situations occurring on the dog owner’s property where the dog was reacting to a person unlawfully on its owner’s property or protecting its owner from an unjustified attack or assault.

At all times relevant to this portion of the ordinance, “at large” means a dog who is off the premises of its owner’s or keeper’s property and is not under the direct control of a person by means of a leash, cord, chain or other physical restraint. For more definitions relevant to this ordinance see Article II, Animal Control, Section 4-28, Definitions.

Osceola County is located in Central Florida and includes the following cities:
Campbell, Celebration, Champions Gate, Kenansville, Kissimmee, Poinciana, and St. Cloud. You can read more of the Dog Provisions in Osceola County, Florida at Osceola County Code of Ordinances.

In some instances dog bites can be minor and not require any medical care. However, there can be other instances that require immediate medical attention and result in permanent injury. Dog bites or other dog attacks raise some legal issues including but not limited to: Who will pay for the medical bills? Does this include past, present/current, and future medical bills? What is the Florida law concerning dog bite injuries? Is the owner responsible for the damages inflicted? A Florida Personal Injury Lawyer can help you answer these legal questions as well as provide guidance on how to handle your dog bite case.