Is There a Dog Leash Law in Volusia County (Daytona Beach, DeLand, New Smyrna Beach, Ormond Beach, South Daytona) Florida?


It is required under Volusia County ordinance Chapter 14, Article 2, Section 14-45 for any dog owner to ensure that (1) the animal is kept under restraint; (2) reasonable care and precautions are taken to prevent the animal from leaving, while unattended, the real property of the owner; and (3) the animal is:
a. securely and humanely confined within a house, building, fence, crate, or other enclosure;
b. humanely secured by chain, cable, or rope of sufficient strength to prevent escape; or
c. leashed or otherwise controlled by a responsible person. Or, if the animal is unrestrained, is under command of a person present with the animal. The voice command must be demonstrated as effective restrained if requested.

Owners of dangerous dogs are required to take additional safety precautions. The owner of a dangerous dog or its successor must fence their property with an area or perimeter fence. Within this area, the dog must be humanely confined in a kennel of adequate size. The sides to the kennel must be buried two-feet under ground or sunk into a concrete pad. The gate of the kennel must always be locked.

You can read more of the laws pertaining to dogs and other animals in Volusia County at Code of Ordinances, County of Volusia, Florida.

Dogs can inflict serious or permanent injury upon their victims. It is important, as a dog owner, to know the laws of your county, city and other surrounding areas. Although your county may not have a specific leash law, your city may and as a resident of both, you are obligated to follow each set of ordinances.

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