In Columbia County (Lake City) Florida, residents and visitors are subject to the Code of Ordinances of Columbia County, Florida. Pursuant to Chapter 18 – Animals – Article III – Animal Control – Section 18-784 – Animal Restraint, a dog owner has a duty to confine the dog to the property owned by the dog owner. When the dog is outside of the property owned by the owner, the dog owner had a duty to keep the dog under proper restraint and control. Under the Ordinance, restraint is defined as
controlled by a leash OR under the control of a competent person and obedient to the person’s commands. Based on the language of the Ordinance, it does not appear that there is a strict dog leash policy if the dog is obedient to the owner’s commands. Other County ordinances are more clear as to the necessity and requirement for dog leashes when the dog of off the owner’s property.
You can read more about the Columbia County (Lake City) Florida dog leash provisions and other sections pertaining the Animals at the Code of Ordinances for Columbia County, Florida.
If a child is bitten by a dog (on or off a leash), the dog owner, under Florida Law, is responsible for the damages caused by the dog bite including but not limited to medical bills (past and future), pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. If you have a question about a Florida dog bite and the related personal injuries to a child, it is important to have the advice, counsel, and legal representation of a Florida Child Injury Lawyer.