In Clay County which includes Orange Park and Green Cove Springs Florida, there is an Animal Control Ordinance in place under Article II – Section 4. The Animal Control Ordinance covers topics including dog bites, dangerous dogs, and leash law. Pursuant to Section 4-22, it is unlawful for any owner or keeper of an animal other than a cat to willfully or negligently allow the animal to run at large on any public property or on any private property. There are exceptions in place for hunting dogs and exhibition dogs.
If there is a problem with an “At Large” dog or a dangerous dog, you can contact the Clay County Florida Animal Control Department.
Florida’s Dog Bite Statute applies state wide and is not contingent on any of the various leash laws in place for counties and cities. Dog bite matters especially when dealing with a child have legal consequences and obligations unique to these cases. A Florida Child Injury Lawyer / Dog Bite Lawyer can assist you with these matters. Animal Control will enforce local regulations but cannot give legal advice or provide compensation for a violation of the ordinances or the State of Florida Statutes.
If you would like a copy of Clay County’s Leash Law or other Animal Control Ordinances for Nassau County or other Florida cities / counties, please contact me.