Is there a Dog Leash Law in Duval County (Jacksonville) Florida?


In Duval County (Jacksonville) Florida there is an Animal Control Ordinance in place under Section 462 of the City of Jacksonville Code titled the Jacksonville Florida Animal Control Ordinance. The Animal Control Ordinance covers topics including dog bites, dangerous dogs, and leash law. Pursuant to Section 462.303 (Animals at-large prohibited), no owner of any dog or cat shall permit the dog or cat to be at large, except a dog shall be considered exempt from these provisions if the dog is engaged in law enforcement, hunting, or is located in a “no leash party.

If there is a problem with an “At Large” dog or a dangerous dog, you can contact the City of Jacksonville 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 City of Jacksonville’s Leash Law or other Animal Control Ordinances for the City of Jacksonville / Duval County or other Florida cities / counties, please contact me.

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