Pursuant to Section 14-31 of the Volusia County, Florida Code of Ordinances, a dangerous dog is defined as a canine that has:
(!) aggressively, bitten, attacked, endangered or otherwise inflicted serious person injury or death upon another human being;
(2) has, on more than one occasion, severely personally injured or killed a domestic animal while off its owner’s property;
(3) been primarily used or trained for dog fighting, or is a dog trained for dog fighting; or
(4) when, unprovoked, chased or otherwise approached another person in a menacingly way with an apparent attitude of attack.
Also, under the statute a dog owner or keeper has the duty to exercise reasonable care and take all necessary steps to protect all people, property and other animals from injuries or damage that might be caused by his or her dog. If the owner of the dog is a minor, the parent or guardian of the child is responsible for ensuring these rules are followed. See “>Section 14-41 of Volusia County Code of Ordinances.
Whether or not your dog is classified as dangerous, owners or keepers of canines should always maintain control over the dog for the protection of others. This includes but is not limited to adequate leashing and appropriate, but humane, confinement of dogs.
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