Jackson County, Florida does not have its own dangerous dog ordinance. However, Florida Statutes Chapter 767 is incorporated into the county’s ordinance regarding the definition and classification procedures. For more information on the incorporated Florida Statutes please see the state’s website under Chapter 767.
Although Jackson County does not have its own dangerous dog ordinance, section 10-1 of the Jackson County, Florida, Code of Ordinances addresses the restraint of dogs. Pursuant to sec. 10-1, every dog owner must exercise proper care and control of his dogs to prevent his or her dog from becoming a public nuisance. Any dog that is classified as vicious by a judicial authority must be permanently confined to the owner’s premises or humanely destroyed. Exceptions to this section: a dog defending its owner’s property, or governmental police dogs acting in their official capacity. Any owner of a dog classified as vicious must post and keep posted in a visible place on the premises where the dog is kept a sign with the words “Bad dog” or “Beware of dog” written thereon in prominent letters.
Florida law does not require the classification of a dog as a “dangerous dog” in order to pursue claim or a case for dog bite injuries. In fact, there is no requirement that Animal Control take any action for a person to pursue a case for medical bills, medical treatment, pain and suffering, and related damges for a dog bite injury.
Whether a dog is classified as a dangerous dog or not, it is vital that dog owners maintain control of their dogs for the protection of others. This would include consistent use of leashes and a secure backyard and / or front yard with appropriate fencing. In Florida, a dog bite victim typically need only prove that a dog bite took place. There is no requirement that the dog bite victim prove the dangerous history or propensities of the dog. Even if this was the dog’s first bite every, the dog bite victim can pursue a cause of action against the dog owner for the related damages and injuries.
You can read more about the Florida Dog Bite Law at Florida Dog Bite Statute – There is Teeth to this Florida Law – Rights of Injured Children and Adults. The book titled – The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know – has chapters on Dog Bite Injuries, Medical Bills and Treatment, Damages / Compensation, and other topics. You can receive a free child injury book at The ABCs of Child Injury. See also Florida Animal and Dog Bite Injuries at the Wood, Atter & Wolf Website.