It’s summertime in Florida and it’s hot. It’s going to get hotter and we all know it. For the safety of you and your pet, there are Florida laws any pet owner should be aware of. Here are some:
One law which may not be widely known and of interest is you cannot leave your dog or cat in a parked car without proper ventilation.
Let’s say you are running into a store quickly and will be right out, but forget to roll down the windows. On an 85 degree day, the temperature in your car can easily get well above 100 degrees in less than 15 minutes. Your pet can have a heatstroke just from that alone. If your pet is left in the car even longer than that, your pet can suffer from other complications and can even die from the heat. If a police officer sees a pet in your car without proper ventilation, you can be cited and fined for well over $300. (As a note, even if the windows are rolled down or cracked, your pet can still suffer from a heatstroke and is therefore highly recommended that you don’t do this.)
Another law is your dog or cat is not allowed to run at large within the Pinellas County.
Per the Pinella’s County law, “at large” is defined as “any dog or cat on the owner’s premises which is not within the unobstructed sight and in the control of the owner, or any dog or cat not confined by sufficient means to assure that it is maintained on the property of the owner; or any dog or cat off the owner’s premises which is not controlled by an adequate leash or tether, or otherwise under the owner’s physical control.” You can be cited and fined for this as well, so keep close to your pet! With the heat and all, it’s best that you keep a close watch on your pet anyways.
Another law states that you cannot tether, fasten, chain, tie, or restrain a dog to any stationary object.
If you have your pet fastened to a dog house, tree, fence, etc. this is considered unlawful. However, there are some exceptions and you can review them here.
Additional pet laws that may be of interest to you for Pinellas County and can be found here.
Everyone have a safe summer! Love, Day and Evening Pet Hospital