The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners amended the Monroe County Code to require animals in public places to be on a leash.
“Effective voice command” is no longer an acceptable means of control for an animal in a public place since this method has failed in several situations, resulting in actual or potential injury to the unleashed animal, other animals or people.
The regulation now requires a physically capable person to be in control of an animal by means of a leash; or for the animal to be enclosed by a secure fence or other means of confinement. This does not apply to cats.
The County’s animal control contractors throughout the Keys approved of the changes to the ordinance. The law applies County-wide and within municipalities, if there is no conflict with an existing municipality’s ordinance.