Is There a Dog Leash Law in Santa Rosa County (Avalon Beach, Bagdad, Gulf Breeze, Jay, Milton, Munson, Navarre, and Pace) Florida?


In Santa Rosa County, Florida dogs are not allowed on public places such as airports, hotels, restaurants, theaters, public conveyances, grocery stores or other establishments serving food, beverages or staple foods. Dog owners are prohibited from allowing their dog to be on or about school grounds, public parks, beaches and playground.

Pursuant to section 4-37(h), Animal Control: Direct Control, a dog not under the direct control of its owner, person responsible therefor, or other person is considered an animal nuisance, in violation of the Ordinances of Santa Rosa County, and may be lawfully seized, restrained, impounded, and disposed of. Any person who keeps, harbors, or maintains an animal nuisance is guilty of a civil infraction and will be penalized in accordance with the Santa Rosa County, Florida Ordinances.

“Direct control” is defined as the continuous physical control of a dog at all times by means of a fence, leash, cord or chain of sufficient strength to restrain the dog.

Santa Rosa County is located in Northwest Florida (the Panhandle) and includes the following cities: Avalon Beach, Bagdad, Gulf Breeze, Jay, Milton, Munson, Navarre, and Pace.

You can read more of the Dog Provisions of Santa Rosa County, Florida at Code of Ordinances of Santa Rosa County, Florida.

Dog-bite related injuries can inflict serious and sometimes permanent injury. If you are the victim of a dog bite and have acquired medical bills and/or pain and suffering as a result of the attack, you should contact a Florida Personal Injury Attorney to discuss how you may be able to recover your losses.

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