Is There a Dog Leash Law in Hillsborough County (Tampa, Plant City, and Valrico) Florida?

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Dog owners residing in Hillsborough County, Florida are required by law to keep their dog from going stray, or running or going at large upon any street, sidewalk, park or private property of another without that property owner’s consent. Owners are defined as any person, owning, harboring, possessing or otherwise keeping or exercising direct control of a dog. Or, if the owner of the dog is an individual under the age of 18-years-old, the individual’s parents or guardian will be deemed as the dog’s owner. Dogs found at large can lawfully be captured and humanely confined. “At large” means a dog off the its owner’s property and not under the restraint or the direct control of the owner or other responsible person.

In order for dogs to be allowed on public streets, roads, parks or other public property the dog must be under the direct control of its owner or keeper. “Direct Control” is defined under section 4-27of the Hillsborough County, Florida, Code of Ordinances as the immediate, continuous physical control of a dog at all times by means of a fence, leash, cord or chain of sufficient strength to restrain the dog.

Hillsborough County is located in West Central Florida and includes the following cities:
– Apollo Beach, Balm, Bealsville, Bloomingdale, Brandon, Carrollwood Village, Dover, Gibsonton, Lithia, Lutz, Mango, Orient Park, Plant City, Riverview, Ruskin, Seffner, Sun City Center, Tampa, Temple Terrace, Thonotosassa, Valrico, Wimauma, and Ybor City.