Pursuant to section 14-97 of the Pasco County, Florida, Code of Ordinances, dog owners, keepers or harborers are prohibited from allowing their dog(s) to wander or run at large, on or about any public street, roadway, or on or about the private property of any person(s) including the dog owner. At all times the dog must be under the direct control and supervision of a person who is capable or controlling and managing the dog.
A dog is considered “at large” if it is not under the actual control, custody, charge or possession of its owner or other responsible person by leash, cord, chain or enclosure. “Direct control” is defined as the immediate, continuous physical control of the dog by means of a fence, leash, cord or chain of sufficient to restrain the animal.
Pasco County is located in West Central Florida and includes the following cities:
Bayonet Point, Beacon Point, Dade City, Elfers, Gulf Harbors, Holiday, Hudson, Lacoochee, Land O’ Lakes, New Port Richey, Odessa, Port Richey, San Antonio, Shady Hills, St. Leo, Trinity, Wesley Chapel, and Zephyrhills.
Under Florida Law, dog owners are liable for their dogs and the injuries their dogs inflict regardless of whether the owner knew of the dog’s dangerous propensities. Contact a Florida Personal Injury Lawyer to discuss the various option of recovery available to you.