Classifying Aggressive Animals In Leon County

By: Mike Springer Email
By: Mike Springer Email

By: Mike Springer
June 12, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Leon County Animal Control investigates dozens of cases of possibly dangerous or aggressive animals every year.

Bill Hurlbut has been a part of the process as a member of the County's Dangerous Animal Classification Committee.

"If the animal is classified you have the right to come to the board meeting and show information as to why the animal should not be classified," said Hurlbut.

The County defines a dangerous animal as one who attacks, bites or injures a person or animal unprovoked or chases someone off public grounds in a 'menacing fashion'. The County's website lists currently more than 10 animals as dangerous, all of which are dogs.

"We see a handful of these cases each year in an appeals type process," said Hurlbut.

Hurlbut says those animals deemed to be dangerous can face harsh penalties such as confinement and even death.

"The law has many requirements for you to maintain a dangerous animal and potentially the animal can be ordered euthanized," said Hurlbut.

If you want to make a dangerous animal complaint, contact Animal Control.

A warden will then be sent out to investigate the claim.

The animal control director will then determine whether to classify it as dangerous.

Their decision can then be appealed to the committee

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