Is There a Dog Leash Law in Sarasota County (Nokomis, Osprey, North Port, Sarasota, and Venice) Florida?

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Pursuant to Sec. 14-41 of the Code of Ordinances of Sarasota County, Florida, dog owners or prohibited from permitting their dogs to run at large unless their dogs are leashed in any of the following circumstances:

1. upon any public street or sidewalk, unless specifically allowed by another ordinance;
2. the property of another;
3. common areas of condominium, mobile home park, or other aggregate living where the property is held by an owners association or similar entity.

At all times a dog must be under the direct control of its owner or other responsible person. “Direct control” is defined as the immediate and continuous physical control of the dog at all times by means of a fence, leash, cord or chain of sufficient strength to restrain the dog.

If an animal is found to be “at large” are legally allowed to impound the dog and are entitled to enter onto the private property of another for the purpose of capturing the dog for impoundment.

Violation of this ordinance is a punishable offense. If you would like to read more of the Dog Provisions of Sarasota County, Florida see Code of Ordinances of Sarasota County, Florida.