Levy County requires all dogs, who are roaming freely, to wear an identification tag that identifies the dog’s owner and the owner’s address. It is unlawful to permit your dog to roam free or become a stray without the proper identification. An animal control officer is permitted to pick up any roaming, unidentified dog and place it in the city animal pound. The animal control officer shall contact the owner of the dog, if the owner is known. The owner then has 3 days to pick up the dog and pay the county for any fees or expenses incurred in enforcing the ordinance. If the dog owner fails to comply with the ordinance or the owner is unable to be identified, the dog will be disposed of as provided by law. If you would like to read more of the provisions of Levy County’s animal control statute see Code of Ordinances of Levy, County, Florida.
Levy County is located in North Central Florida and includes the following cities:
Bronson, Cedar Key, Chiefland, Fanning Springs, Inglis, Morriston, Rosewood, Otter Creek, Williston, and Yankeetown. It is important to note that although the county may not have a leash requirement, a city within the county made have their own leash law.
It is critical to follow the laws of your county and city so you do not run the risk of liability. Dog bites can result in serious injury and you, as an owner, will more than likely incur the damages resulting from that injury. Florida Law does not have a “one free bite” law – if your dog bites someone, the owner is liable regardless of the dog’s history. Contact a Florida Personal Injury Lawyer for questions or issues you may have regarding dog-bite-related injuries.