Taylor County defines “At Large” and “Direct Control” but does not have a specific requirement for a leash for the County that I saw in the Ordinances. A dog owner is responsible for the actions of his or her pet which includes when the dog is a nuisance; however, the mere presence of a dog off a leash does not appear to be a violation of the Code of Ordinances for Taylor County. It is, however,a violation of the Code of Ordinances if the dog trespasses on the property of another person.
An “at large” dog is defined as any dog which is not under the direct control of its owner. “Direct control” mean immediate, continuous physical control of a dog at all times by means of a leash, cord or secure fence of sufficient strength to restrain the animal as well as controlled by a person capable of restraining the animal, or safe and secure restraint within a vehicle. Voice controlled is considered sufficient direct control so long as the controlling person is at all time fully and clearly withing unobstructed sight and hearing of the dog and the dog is engaged in training or in an official showing.
A dog is considered a nuisance in Taylor County, Florida when the dog disturbs the rights of, threatens the safety of, injures a member of the general public or damages or interferes with ordinary use and enjoyment of their property. The following acts are examples of public nuisances:
1. Damage to the property of anyone other than its owner, including but not limited to turning over garbage cans or damaging gardens.
2. Chasing vehicles or other animals.
Dogs in heat shall be confined in a building or secure enclosure such that the female dog cannot come into contact with another dog, except for planned breeding.
Dog owners or custodians are prohibited from allowing their dog to trespass upo the property of another.
Taylor County is located in North Florida and contains the following cities: Perry and Steinhatchee.