What is a Dangerous Dog Under Florida Law? Dog Bite and Dangers to Children

What is a dangerous dog under Florida law? Florida actually has a statutory definition of dangerous dog pursuant to Section 767.11, Florida Statutes:


(1) “Dangerous dog” means any dog that according to the records of the appropriate authority:

(a) Has aggressively bitten, attacked, or endangered or has inflicted severe injury on a human being on public or private property;

(b) Has more than once severely injured or killed a domestic animal while off the owner’s property;

(c) Has been used primarily or in part for the purpose of dog fighting or is a dog trained for dog fighting; or

(d) Has, when unprovoked, chased or approached a person upon the streets, sidewalks, or any public grounds in a menacing fashion or apparent attitude of attack, provided that such actions are attested to in a sworn statement by one or more persons and dutifully investigated by the appropriate authority.

You can read the entire statute at the Official Website for Florida Statutes.