Is There a Dog Leash Law in Gulf County ( Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka) Florida?


In Gulf County, there are county ordinances that regulate the licensing, classification, confinement and disposal of dogs and cats. Pursuant to the Gulf County Code of Ordinances, dog owners have a duty to prevent domestic animals (dogs and cats) from running at large. Under the definition section of the Code of Gulf County Ordinances, the following definitions apply:

“At Large” is defined as an animal when off the property and not under restraint.

“Confined” is defined as within a building, pen fenced yard, vehicle, on a leash or on a chain.

“Restraint” is defined as confined within the real property limits of its owner or secured by a leash or lead.

It is important for dog owner in Gulf County to keep control of his or her dog. Confining a dog to a particular area and / or utilizing a leash at all times off the property will help prevent incidents in which a dog, for cause or not cause at all, bites an adult or a child. Dog bite injuries continue to occur across the State of Florida and involve serious injuries that involve costly medical bills, pain and suffering, and permanent scarring and disfigurement. You can read more these regulations at Gulf County Animal Control County Ordinances.

Gulf County is located in Florida’s panhandle on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and includes the following cities: Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka.

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