Florida League of Cities

Authorization of Restrictions Concerning Dangerous Dogs (Watch) – FAILED 

SB 614 (Garcia) and CS/HB 721 (Buchanan) authorize public housing authorities to adopt rules or policies imposing restrictions on owners of dogs deemed dangerous. The bills allow local governments to adopt ordinances addressing the safety and welfare concerns stemming from dog attacks on people or domestic animals, placing restrictions and additional requirements on owners of dangerous dogs, provided that no such regulations may be breed specific. However, ordinances adopted prior to October 1, 1990, are exempt from these statutory requirements.