Is There a Dog Leash Law in Escambia County (Pensacola) Florida?


It is unlawful in Escambia County, Florida for a dog to be off the premises of its owner or person responsible for the dog, if the dog is not under the direct control of its owner, person responsible for the dog(s) or other person. Dogs deemed not under direct control shall be considered unlicensed animals and private nuisances and owners run the risk of having the dog seized, restrained, impounded and disposed of. See Escambia County Ordinances, Chapter 10 – Animals, Section 10-12.

Direct Control is defined as the immediate, continuous physical control of a dog at all times by means of a fence, leash, cord or chain of sufficient strength to restrain the dog.

Owner is defined as any person, firm, corporation or organization possessing, harboring, keeping or having control or custody of an animal. Or, if the dog is owned by a person under the age of 18-year-old, that person’s parent or guardian.

Escambia County is located in Florida’s panhandle and includes the following cities:
Bellview, Brent, Brownsville, Century, Cantonment, Ensley, Gonzalez, Molino, Muscogee, Myrtle Grove, Pensacola, Pensacola Beach, Perdido Key, Warrington, and West Pensacola.

It is important to know the laws of you county so you, as a dog owner, can avoid the risk of your dog inflicting personal injuries on an adult or child. Dog-bite related injuries can be severe and sometimes permanent (e.g., scarring). If you or someone you know has sustained injuries from a dog bite or other dog attack you should contact a Florida Personal Injury Lawyer to discuss issues of liability and damages.

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