Is There a Dog Leash Law in Suwannee County (Dowling, Live Oak, and McAlpin) Florida?


All dogs in Suwannee County, Florida in accordance with county ordinances shall wear a properly fitted collar with either (1) a current identification tag or (2) a current identification plate attached. The identification tag or plate shall contain the owner’s name, address and telephone number, including the area code. An imbedded data-chip, tattoo, or some other form of identification may be used as an alternative to the identification tag or plate.

The owner of a dog defined as a “nuisance animal” under Section 14-32 of the Code of Ordinances of Suwannee, County, Florida has the duty to immediately abate the nuisance after official notice. “Nuisance animals” are animals that are permitted to run at large-animals of its owner property and not under restraint-and (1) habitually destroys or damages property other than its owners, (2) habitually lives out of garbage cans and scatter litter, (3) habitually chases motor vehicles or otherwise impedes the flow of traffic, (4) digs holes on property other than its owners, and (5) exhibits a tendency toward attacking, biting, mauling or otherwise injuring people or other animals. Letting your dog become a nuisance animal is a punishable offense in Suwannee County, Florida.

Suwannee County is located in North Central Florida and contains the following cities: Branford, Dowling Park, Live Oak, McAlpin, O’Brien, Three Rivers, and Wellborn.

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