Pursuant to Chapter 14, Article II, Division 3, Section 14-63 of the Pinellas County Code of Ordinances, both dogs and cats are prohibited from running at large. Two types of dogs are excluded form this ordinance. First, official police dogs are excluded from this provision so long as the dog is engaged by a law enforcement officer in an official capacity. Second, hunting dogs are excluded so long as the dog is engaged in or being trained for the sport of hunting, during a legal hunting season, within an authorized area and under the owner’s supervision. Also, if you have a dog or cat that is in heat, the animal must be properly confined in a secure enclosure (a fended area is not sufficient) such that the dog or cat cannot come into contact with another dog or cat, the only exception is when the owners intend to breed the animals.
Pinellas County does have stricter leash laws for animals that have been deemed dangerous by an animal control officer. To read more about those requirements see Pinellas County, Florida, Code of Ordinances, Section 14-64.
Pinellas County is located in West Central Florida and includes the following cities:
Bay Pines, Belleair, Belleair Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Belleair Shore, Boca Ciega, Clearwater, Crystal Beach, Dunedin, Gulfport, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Kenneth City, Largo, Madeira Beach, North Redington Beach, Oldsmar, Palm Harbor, Pass-A-Grille Beach, Pinellas Park, Redington Beach, Redington Shores, Safety Harbor, Seminole, South Pasadena, St. Pete Beach, St. Petersburg, Sunset Beach, Tarpon Springs, Tierra Verde, Treasure Island, and Ozona.
Dog bites can inflict serious and sometimes permanent injury. It is important, as a dog owner, to keep your dog on a leash of sufficient strength in order to maintain control of your animal at all times. Properly leashing your dog reduces the risk of your dog biting or otherwise attacking another person.
If you are the victim of a dog attack you should contact a Florida Personal Injury Attorney to discuss the issues of liability and damages. Generally, under Florida Law, a dog owner is liable for the injuries inflicted by his dog.