In Polk County, Florida, dog owners are prohibited from allowing their dog to become a stray or run at large upon any public street, sidewalk, park, other public property or private property of another. In these specified areas a dog is required to be leashed and under the direct control of the person in custody of the animal. The only exclusion is a hunting dog who is engaged in the sport of hunting in authorized areas at authorized times and under the supervision of a competent person. While in a dog park, the dog must be under the direct control and supervision of its owner or custodian. Violation of this ordinance is a punishable offense. For more specific language on this ordinance see Polk County Ordinance, Section 14-27.
A dog at large is defined by Section 14-22 as a dog who is off the premises of its owner or custodian and who is not under the direct control or supervision of its owner or custodian. “Under direct control” means a dog is, at all times, under the immediate and continuous physical control by means of a leash, fence, chain or cord of sufficient strength.
Polk County is located in West Central Florida and includes the following cities:
Auburndale, Bartow, Davenport, Dundee, Eagle Lake, Fedhaven, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Haines City, Highland Park, Hillcrest Heights, Indian Lake Estates, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Mulberry, Nalcrest, Polk City, Providence, and Winter Haven.
To read more Dog Provisions in Polk County, Florida see Code of Ordinances of Polk County, Florida.
Under Florida Law, dog owners are liable for the injuries inflicted by their dog and the damages resulting therefrom. These types of damages can include medical bills, pain and suffering and loss of value of life. If you have been bit or otherwise attacked by a dog you should contact a Florida Personal Injury Attorney to discuss the various legal issues of your case.