Is There a Dog Leash Law in Franklin County (Alligator Point, Apalachicola, Carrabelle, and Eastpoint) Florida?


Pursuant to Section 4-20 of the Franklin County, Florida, Code of Ordinances, all dogs must be kept under restraint in any residential or commercial property. Dog owners shall exercise due care to keep their dogs from becoming a nuisance. All dog owners will be held responsible for every behavior of their dogs and shall provide adequate food, water, shelter, medical care and a sanitary environment. Dog owners who fail to comply with this section may be charged with a second degree misdemeanor and punished accordingly.

A dog is considered under restraint if it is confined withing the real property limits of its owner or secured by a leash or lead or under the direct control of a responsible person.

Direct control is defined as the immediate, continuous physical control of a dog at all times by means of a leash, cord, secure fence, or chain of sufficient strength to restrain the dog and controlled by a person capable of restraining the dog, or safe and secure restraint within a vehicle. Voice control will be considered direct control when the controlling person is at all times fully and clearly withing unobstructed sight and hearing of the dog.

Franklin County is located Southwest of Tallahassee (Leon County) and includes the following cities: Alligator Point, Apalachicola, Carrabelle, and Eastpoint.

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