In Highlands County, Florida, it is unlawful for an individual who owns, harbors or keeps a dog to allow the dog to roam, wander or run at large on or about any public streets, right-of-way or places in the unincorporated area of the county, or on or about the private property of a person other than the person who owns the dog.
Under section 4.5-22 of the Highlands County, Florida, Code of Ordinances, the use of a collar and leash are required. When a dog is on or about public streets, roadways or places in the unincorporated ares of the county, the dog must be on a collar and a leash, under the direct care, custody and supervision of a person sufficiently mature to care for, control and manage the dog.
If a dog is on the private property of an individual other than its owner, harborer or keeper, the must be under the direct care, custody, control and supervision of a person sufficiently mature to care for, control and manage the dog as well as on a leash, unless the owner of the property otherwise permits.
Highlands County is located in North Central Florida and includes the following cities:
Avon Park, Lake Placid, Leisure Lakes, Lorida, Sebring, and Venus.
If you have sustained injuries as a result of a dog bite you may be entitled to certain types of damages included but not limited to: medical bills (past and future), pain and suffering and loss of life. Contact a Florida Personal Injury Lawyer to discuss the various options of recovery available to you.