It is unlawful for dog owners in DeSoto County, Florida to permit their dog(s) to be a nuisance. If the owner is notified by an officer that their animal is a nuisance, the owner must immediately and permanently stop the nuisance. See Section 4.2 – Nuisance domestic animal.
Nuisance is defined as a domesticated dog(s) that
1. Is allowed to run at large or habitually destroy or damage property other than that of its owner.
2. Habitually lives out of garbage cans;
3. Digs holes on property other than that of its owner;
4. The dog barks or makes other utterances so as to interfere with the use and enjoyment of neighboring residential properties by their landlords or tenants;
5. Or, the dog exhibits or shall have any exhibited any tendency toward attacking, biting, mauling or otherwise injuring people or other animals.
Proper restraint of a dog(s) exists when the dog(s) is withing the real property limits of its owner, or is secured by a leash or lead, or is under the immediate voice control of a responsible adult. See Section 4.1 – Definitions.
DeSoto County, Florida is located in Central Florida towards the West Coast of the State and includes the following cities: Arcadia, Brownville, Cubitis, Fort Ogden, Hull, Lake Suzy, Lansing, Nocatee, Southfort, Pine Level, and Platt.