Pet Ordinance laws

Posted in: Beach Park

 These ordinances should be posted on our streets and in our newsletter.  Too many people are abusing them in the Beach Park area.

 

 

                           Hillsborough County Animal Ordinance

 

SECTION 6.
DISPLAY OF TAG; CAT IDENTIFICATION

 

(A)
DOGS

Unless otherwise exempted by this
Ordinance, all dogs required to have a tag must wear the tag when outside.  Other types of identification, such as
microchips or tattoos, are also encouraged.

 

(B) CATS

Unless otherwise exempted by this
Ordinance, all cats are required to have a tag. A cat shall be required to
wear its tag or be microchipped, tattooed, or have an ear tag that can
be used to identify the cat and link it to the owner when outside. The
numbers/letters from the microchip, tattoo, or ear tag that uniquely identify
the cat must be provided to the department at the time of licensure.

 

Section
6: Failure to Display Tags or Provide Permanent Identification

First Offense                                      Second
Offense                     Third Offense

  
   $30                                                       $60                      
                 MCA*

Uncontested
Discount - 50%          Compliant Dismissal Time Period - None

 

SECTION 10.
CONFINEMENT TO PROPERTY; “DOGS AND CATS” AT LARGE

 

(A) Excluding public right-of-way
on an owner's private property, no dog or cat shall be allowed to stray, run
or go, at large upon any public property or street, sidewalk, park, or on the
private property of another without the consent of the property owner.

 

(E) In order for a dog or cat to
be allowed on a public street, road, park or other public property, excluding
public right-of-way on an owner's private property or unless otherwise
specifically permitted, the dog or cat shall be under the direct
control of the owner or keeper
.

 

Section
10: Dogs and Cats at Large

First Offense                                      Second
Offense                     Third Offense

     $100
                                                          $200
                                           MCA*

Uncontested
Discount -
50%           
Compliant Dismissal Time Period
- None

 

SECTION 14.
ANIMAL WASTE REMOVAL

 

Any feces
deposited by a dog, cat, or pet pig on public property, public walks,
recreation areas or the private

property of
others must be immediately removed by the person who has custody or control of
the animal unless

otherwise
authorized by the property owner.

 

Section
14: Failure to Remove Animal Waste

 

First Offense                                                  Second
Offense                                 Third
Offense

      $50
                                                                              $100                                                         MCA*

Uncontested
Discount
- 50%        
Compliant Dismissal Time Period
- None

 

*MANDATORY
COURT APPEARANCE

 

SECTION 35.
REFUSAL TO SIGN AND ACCEPT CITATION

Pursuant to
Section 828.27, Florida Statutes (1999), as may be amended, any person who
willfully refuses to sign and accept a citation issued by an Animal Control
Officer is guilty of a criminal misdemeanor. Such action shall constitute a
violation of this Ordinance.

 

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To report animals without tags, animal bites, loose animals, or abused animals, contact the Hillsborough County Animal Services at (813) 744-5660.  You can also visit their website for more information at http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/index.aspx?nid=113

If you call to report a violation, be willing to give your personal information and testify in court in order for them to prosecute.  An animal services officer will respond to your call.

If an animal is threating you in any way, or you fear for your safety, always call 911 and an officer will assist you.

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