Florida Dog Leash Laws - County by County
In Florida, there are 67 counties. Most of the counties have a dog leash law in place. In Florida, there is no state mandated leash law in effect. The decision to regulate dog restraint or control is left to the county or city government. Leash laws and regulations help keep dogs under control. With proper restraints and controls, injuries to children, adults, and, yes, other pets can be reduced or prevented. It is important for a dog owner to maintain control over a dog in public places like parks, playgrounds, and sidewalks. In addition, it is important to maintain control and all safety precautions while the dog in on or near the owner's property as well as residential neighborhoods in general. With or without a dog leash law in place, a dog owner should take all necessary and reasonable steps to maintain control and possession of the dog. Unfortunately, adults and children are attacked by dogs and suffer serious personal injuries. While not all incidents and injuries can be prevented, the obeying and following the local leash laws can help reduce the incidence of dog bite attacks. While compliance with local leash laws is not a legal defense for a dog owner in a dog bite case, it is advisable to follow these laws for the safety and welfare of others and the community in general.