Is There a Dog Leash Law in Indian River County (Fellsmere, Indian River Shores, Orchid, Roseland, Sebastian, and Vero Beach) Florida?


In Indian River County, Florida, a dog owner must keep his or her dog under proper restraint as well as keep the dog collared or harnessed at all times. Also, dog owners have the responsibility to prohibit their dog from biting, attacking, endangering, or inflicting injury on a human, domestic animal or livestock while the dog is on public or private property. Dogs must be prevented from chasing or approaching individuals upon streets, sidewalks or any public grounds in a menacing fashion or apparent attitude of attack. To read more on this ordinance see Code of Ordinances, Indian River County, Florida, section 302.05, Additional Animal Ownership Responsibilities.

Any violation of ownership responsibilities may constitute proof of “prior knowledge of a dog’s dangerous propensities,” which may result in negating liability defenses a dog owner could potentially raise.

Restraint is defined under the Indian River County, Florida, Code of Ordinances as a dog within the real property boundaries of its owner or any other person with the express permission of the owner. Or, when outside the real property boundaries, the dog is under the control, custody or possession of the owner or other responsible person by a leash.

Indian River County is located in East Central Florida and includes the following cities: Fellsmere, Indian River Shores, Orchid, Roseland, Sebastian, and Vero Beach.

If you have sustained injuries from a dog bite you should contact a Florida Personal Injury Lawyer for legal representation. A lawyer is familiar with the laws in your area and will maximize your chances of full recovery in your dog bite case.