Florida Dangerous Dog Laws - County by County
In Florida, there are 67 counties. Most of the counties have a dangerous dog law or ordinance in place. Section 767.11, Florida Statutes defines a dangerous dog as f follows: a dog that according to the records of the appropriate authority has aggressively bitten, attacked, or endangered or has inflicted severe injury on a human being on public or private property. Florida's Dangerous Dog statute also classifies a dog as a dangerous dog if the dog has severely injured or killed a domestic animal while off of the owner's property. Fighting dogs or dogs trained to fight can also be classified as a dangerous dog. Dog that have chased or approached a person on the street, sidewalk, or public place when unprovoked may also be classified as a dangerous dog under Florida law. Some counties merely adopt Chapter 767 and related Florida Statutes as the law and procedure for classification and impoundment of dangerous dogs. Many counties, however, have county specific regulations for the definitions and disposition of dangerous dogs. It is important to review the State laws on point (Chapter 767) and the local ordinances and regulations when dealing with the situation of a dog that is or may be classified as a dangerous dog.