Is there a Dog Leash Law in Nassau County (Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island) Florida?


In Nassau County which includes Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island, there is an Animal Control Ordinance in place under Article III – Section 6. The Animal Control Ordinance covers topics including dog bites, dangerous dogs, and leash law. Pursuant to Section 6-45, all animals must be kept under restraint. Animal At Large is defined as any animal (excluding livestock) not under the restraint of a person capable of controlling the animal on / or off the premises of the owner. Restraint is defined as any animal secured by a leash or lead under the control of a responsible person and obedient to that person’s commands, or within the real property of its owner. Hunting dogs are excluded within a designated hunting area.

If there is a problem with an “At Large” dog or a dangerous dog, you can contact Nassau County Animal Control.

Florida’s Dog Bite Statute applies state wide and is not contingent on any of the various leash laws in place for counties and cities. Dog bite matters especially when dealing with a child have legal consequences and obligations unique to these cases. A Florida Child Injury Lawyer / Dog Bite Lawyer can assist you with these matters. Animal Control will enforce local regulations but cannot give legal advice or provide compensation for a violation of the ordinances or the State of Florida Statutes.

If you would like a copy of Nassau County’s Leash Law or other Animal Control Ordinances for Nassau County or other Florida cities / counties, please contact me.

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