Is There a Dog Leash Law in Hernando County (Brooksville, Hernando Beach, and Spring Hill) Florida?


Dog owners or any other person harboring of having possession of a dog shall not permit the dog to go stray or run at large upon any public street, sidewalk, right of way or any other public property or private property of another.

Dogs on the premises of its owner shall be leashed and under the owners direct control. When a dog is loose and on its owner’s property, the dog must be supervised by the owner or properly restrained by fencing or other means to the owner’s property. “Supervised” means that is dog is at all times in its owner’s unobstructed sight and the dog will respond to signals or commands of the owner.

Dog owners are also responsible for ensuring that their dog does not cause damage to the property of another individual.

Proper physical restraint of a dog in Hernando County, Florida means that the dog is leashed with a device not exceeding 6 feet in length and is accompanied by a responsible person.

In Hernando County, Florida, dog owners are liable regardless of knowledge, intent or culpability. To read more of the Dog Provisions see Code of Ordinances, Hernando County, Florida.

Hernando County is located in West Central Florida and includes the following cities: Brooksville, Herrnando Beach, Masaryktown, Ridge Manor, Spring Hill, and Weeki Wachee.

Florida law does not have a “one bite rule” – meaning that as an owner of a dog, you may still be liable for damages inflicted by your dog even if you have no prior knowledge of the dog’s dangerous propensities. Therefore, it is important for you to know the leash laws in your county and city. If a dog has bit you, you may be entitled to damages including but not limited to: medical bills, future medical expenses, pain and suffering and loss of life. Contact a Florida Personal Injury Lawyer to discuss recovery options in your dog-bite-injury case.

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