Grassy Point Sailing Community

Grassy Point Citizens In Action Association

Port Charlotte, FL

Animal Control .................. Revised 09/08/2011

Conformance to Florida Statutes is mandatory. Be responsible and abide by Florida Laws.
Protect our HEALTH ~ Protect our WATERWAYS ~ Protect our ENVIRONMENT

Dog's Work

You can teach pets all kinds of things ------- but you can't teach them to take care of their own waste.
This is YOUR job. Pets are dependent on their owners to clean-up after them.


Pet waste left on the ground can get you, kids and other pets sick. Rain carries pet waste via storm drains to make our waterways sick. Help stop this pollution. Scoop the poop!

The following is a list of the Statutes as well as the penalties that apply:

Charlotte County, Florida, Code of Ordinances >> - GENERAL ORDINANCES AND SPECIAL ACTS >> Chapter 1-4 - ANIMALS AND FOWL >> ARTICLE II. - ANIMAL CONTROL >>

Sec. 1-4-25. - Definitions.
(k) Direct control means immediate and continuous physical control of an animal at all times such as by means of a fence, leash, cord or chain of sufficient strength to restrain the same.

Sec. 1-4-31. - Dogs running at large.
(a) It is a violation of this article for any person owning or having possession, charge, custody or control of any dog to cause, permit or allow a dog to stray or in any manner to run at large in or upon any public street, sidewalk or other public property or upon the property of another; however, such dog may be off the premises of the owner or of the person having possession, charge, custody or control of the dog if the dog is leashed or if the dog is in or on a public park specifically designated and posted for such use and the owner is observing all posted rules and regulations governing such use.

Sec. 1-4-36. - Canine waste removal; penalties.
It shall be unlawful for any person owning or having charge, care, custody or control of an animal in such areas to fail to immediately remove fecal matter that is deposited by said animal upon those areas and dispose of same in a lawful manner.

Sec. 1-4-43. - Separate violations.
Where an owner has more than one (1) animal in violation of this article, each animal shall be considered a separate violation. Each day or fraction thereof the violation continues shall be considered a separate violation.

The following schedule of penalties applies to the pet owner and/or property owner for non-compliance:

(a)          The County has adopted a schedule of fees for violations of Chapter 1-4, Article II, of the Code of Laws and Ordinances of Charlotte County, Florida. These fees relate solely to the matters covered by this article and are separate from all other fees chargeable by the County. Fees may be adopted and/or amended by resolution of the board of county commissioners.
(b)          A violation of this article is a civil infraction.
(c)          The maximum civil penalty for each civil infraction shall not exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00).
(d)          The civil penalty for a civil infraction shall be less than the maximum civil penalty, if the person who has committed the civil infraction does not contest the citation.
(e)          Civil penalties for civil infractions are set forth in Schedule A below.


           Former Code Section            Description of Violation            First            Second            Third or More
           1-4 31(a)            Dog running at large            $100            $250            $500

Conformance to Florida Statutes is mandatory. Be responsible and abide by Florida Laws.

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