Is There a Dog Leash Law in Charlotte County (Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda) Florida?

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In Charlotte County, Florida, it is unlawful for dog owners or those having possession, charge, custody or control of any dog to cause, permit or allow their dog to stray or in any manner run at large upon any public street, sidewalk or other public property or upon the property of another with that property owner’s consent. If dogs are observed to be stray or running at large, officers are authorized to impound the dog.

However, dogs are permitted to be off the premises of its owner of any other person having possession, charge, custody or control of the dog if the dog is leashed or on a specifically designated dog park.

Dog owners must, at all times, have “direct control” over their dog. Direct control is defined as the immediate and continuous physical control of the dog by means of a fence, leash, cord or chain of sufficient strength to restrain the animal. If you would like to read more on the Dog Provisions of Charlotte County, Florida please see Code of Laws and Ordinances of Charlotte County, Florida.

Charlotte County, Florida is located on the West Coast of Florida and includes the following cities: – Cleveland, Grove City, Palm Island, Placida, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Rotonda, and Solana.

It is important, as a dog owner, to keep your dog leashed when off your property. Leashing your dog will prevent your dog from attacking an adult, child or other domesticated animal and reduce your chance of incurring any liability for injuries caused by your dog.