Beyond state laws, localities also have pet laws and regulations. Here is a sampling of local pet laws in Florida.
Jacksonville Pet Laws
Jacksonville residents are required to get annual rabies vaccinations for their dogs, cats and ferrets. They must also register all cats and dogs over the age of four months each year.
Pet owners should have no more than four cats and/or dogs over the age of four months.
Dog owners must keep their pets on a leash when out in public. The leash should not exceed eight feet at its maximum extension.
Only licensed and vaccinated pets are accepted at Duval County pet-friendly shelters during major storms.
Miami Pet Laws
Miami-Dade County requires owners of dogs over four months old to obtain a pet license. Dogs must wear their tag at all times. The county also offers cat tags, although they are not required.
Barking dogs and noisy birds can be considered a nuisance, which can result in a $100 fine. Landlords whose tenants have nuisance pets may be responsible for their tenants’ animals and may have to pay fines.
You should not tie a dog outside unless it is within your “visual range”. You must also ensure that the tether will not injure, strangle or entangle the dog and that the pooch is not left out in extreme weather. The dog must also have access to water, shelter and dry ground. If your pet is on a pulley, racing line, or cart system, it must be at least 15 feet long and less than seven feet above the ground.
Miami-Dade County has regulations strictly targeted at pit bulls. Pit bulls must be safely confined indoors or in a secure enclosure with a top on all four sides at least six feet high and you must have a sign that says “Dangerous Dog.” When the dog is not confined, the owner must muzzle the dog and keep it on a leash. Pit bulls are not allowed within 50 feet of a public school field in Miami-Dade County, although there are limited instances where a pit bull is allowed.
Pit bull owners must provide proof that they can pay $50,000 in personal injury and register the dog with the Division of Animal Services. Registration includes your contact details, where the dog is kept, a color photo of the dog, full dog identification, and proof of liability insurance or other proof of financial responsibility.
Orlando Pet Laws
Orange County residents with a dog, cat or ferret four months or older should have their pets vaccinated.
Orlando has 10 dog parks, including Barber Park Dog Park, Dr. Phillips Dog Park, Independence Dog Park, and Yucatan Dog Park. These areas are a chance for your dog to run around and enjoy the company of other dogs, but you also need to follow the rules.
Rules include that dogs must come when called by owners, aggressive dogs are not allowed, owners must have a leash at all times, and owners must keep dogs on a leash when entering and leaving the property. Park.
Tampa Pet Laws
Dog owners should vaccinate dogs, cats and ferrets against rabies if the animal is four months old or older. Residents can have their pet vaccinated annually or every three years depending on the vaccine. Those who fail to vaccinate their pets pay fines of at least $100 and up to $500 for multiple violations.
Hillsborough County residents should not allow pets to run free when not on their property. Owners must keep pets on a leash no longer than six feet and under the control of their owner. Loose animals can result in a minimum fine of $100 and up to $500 for multiple violations.
Dog parents should not leave tied dogs unattended outside. The dog owner must stay outside with any tethered dog, keep it within sight, and the tether must restrain the dog securely and be connected to a nylon or leather safety collar or harness. Violators of this rule face fines of at least $370 and up to $1,000 for multiple violations.
Hillsborough residents must also prevent their dogs from biting or attacking any person or animal without provocation. People cited for a vicious animal or an aggressive dog can face fines of at least $450.