Pet Regulations

Here are the regulations in summation. Please refer to the code from the City of Weston
  • All dogs must be on a leash when on common grounds
  • All owners must pick up dog droppings immediately
  • Birds must be kept indoors, not on patios. 
  • Please do not leave food out for loose cats - you are feeding raccoons, possums and rats

Any homeowner may file a complaint with Code Enforcement anonymously by calling 954-385-0500 or on line https://inkforce.westonfl.org/WestonInkforce/Tasks.aspx.  

Should it become necessary to file a Code Complaint Affidavit, here is the form (attached).   The Affidavit must be notarized and delivered to 17250 Royal Palm Boulevard, Weston, FL  33326 

Subject: RE: pet regulations 96.01  SHORT TITLE

 

This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the City of Weston Animal Care and Regulation Ordinance.
(Ord. 2000-08, passed 4-17-00)
§ 96.02  PURPOSE.
     The intent of this chapter is to ensure that dogs are subject to classification as "dangerous" upon the first instance of severely injuring or killing a human or a domestic animal while off of its owner's property, while adopting the remaining provisions of Section 4-2(k) of the Broward County Animal Care and Regulation Ordinance, Part II Code of Ordinances, Chapter 4 Animals and Fowl's definition of "dangerous dog."  Further, it is the intent of this chapter to provide for animal control in the City of Weston, utilizing the County Ordinance and the Broward County Division of Animal Care and Regulation's procedures and penalties to enforce this chapter.
(Ord. 2000-08, passed 4-17-00; Am. Ord. 2002-37, passed 11-4-02)
§ 96.03  [RESERVED].
§ 96.04  DOGS AT LARGE PROHIBITED.
     (A)     It shall be a violation of this section for any person to permit any dog to be at large as defined herein.
     (B)     No dog 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.
     (C)     Any dog that is on private property without the consent of the property owner or resident may be captured in a humane trap or otherwise humanely confined.  A person capturing an at large dog will be responsible for the humane care of the dog until the captured dog is turned over to the Broward County Animal Care and Regulation Division, or other humane organization, or licensed wildlife trapper.  A person shall not entice a dog to become at large for the purpose of trapping or apprehending when that dog would otherwise not be at large.
     (D)     Any person confining or leasing a dog must do so in a manner that is not injurious to the dog's health.
     (E)     In order for a dog to be allowed on a public street, road, park or other public property unless otherwise specifically permitted, the dog shall be under the direct control of the owner or keeper, except while hunting pursuant to a permit or during an obedience demonstration, show, trial, training exercise, competition, show and/or match or educational program, so long as sufficient precautions are taken by the owner of the dog and/or sponsor of the event to ensure the safety and protection of both the public and other animals.
     (F)     Any dog at large that has attacked or bitten any person or domestic animal in an unprovoked attack shall be in violation of this section.
     (G)     "At large" shall not include dogs actually working livestock, or dogs being trained to work livestock.
     (H)     Any dog found by an officer to be at large may be seized and impounded and, as an alternative or in addition to impoundment, the officer finding said dog at large shall issue a citation as provided in Section 4-28 of the Broward County Animal Care and Regulation Ordinance, Part II Code of Ordinances, Chapter 4 Animals and Fowl.
(Ord. 2000-08, passed 4-17-00; Am. Ord. 2002-37, passed 11-4-02)
§ 96.05  NUISANCE DOGS AND CATS.
     (A)     Any person wishing to capture and remove a nuisance dog or cat from his or her property may obtain a live animal trap from the Broward County Animal Care and Regulation Division, as provided in Section 4-4 of the Broward County Animal Care and Regulation Ordinance, Part II Code of Ordinances, Chapter 4 Animals and Fowl.
     (B)     Any animal found to be a nuisance and removed to the division shall be impounded in accordance with Section 4-5 of the Broward County Animal Care and Regulation Ordinance, Part II Code of Ordinances, Chapter 4 Animals and Fowl.
(Ord. 2000-08, passed 4-17-00)
§ 96.06  CONFINEMENT DURING HEAT.
     Any unspayed female dog or cat in heat (estrus) shall be confined during such period of time in a house, building or secure enclosure.  Said enclosure shall be constructed so that no other dog or cat may gain access to the confined animal, except for intentional breeding purposes.
(Ord. 2000-08, passed 4-17-00)
§ 96.07  PERMITTING ANIMAL TO COMMIT A NUISANCE.
     (A)     It shall be a violation of this section for any person who owns or harbors any animal to permit said animal to defecate upon:
          (1)     The sidewalk of any public or private street; or
          (2)     Any public park, public property or public school ground, other than in areas designated for that purpose; or
          (3)     Any private property not belonging to the owner of the animal unless said person makes an immediate effort to remove any feces deposited by the animal; or
          (4)     Any public or private swale or street right-of-way serving to convey storm water to a canal, lake or other receiving water, unless said person makes an immediate effort to remove any feces deposited by the animal.
     (B)     The actions of an animal constitute a nuisance when an animal disturbs the rights of, threatens the safety of, or harms a member of the general public, or damages the property of others.
     (C)     It shall be unlawful for any person to own, keep, possess or maintain an animal in such a manner so as to constitute a public nuisance.  By way of example, and not of limitation, the following acts or actions by an owner or possessor of an animal are declared to be a public nuisance:
          (1)     Allowing or permitting any animal to habitually bark, whine, howl, crow, cackle or make other loud noise resulting in a serious annoyance or interference to the neighboring residents, continuously for a period of not less than ten minutes or intermittently for a period of not less than 30 minutes, shall be deemed to be committing an act in violation of this section.
          (2)     Allowing or permitting an animal to continually damage the property of anyone other than its owner, including, but not limited to, turning over garbage containers or damaging gardens, flowers or other plant material.
          (3)     Maintaining an animal with a medical condition that could lead to a widespread epidemic that would ultimately be dangerous to the public health, unless the animal is kept in a manner that minimizes the public health threat and is undergoing treatment for the disease in accordance with locally accepted veterinary standards.
          (4)     Maintaining an animal or animals in an environment of unsanitary conditions which results in offensive odors or is dangerous to the animal or to public health, welfare or safety.
     (D)     In addition to the penalties provided in this chapter for the violation of the provisions hereof, the City of Weston may institute any lawful civil action or proceeding to prevent, restrain or abate any acts of failures to act under this chapter, which constitute a public nuisance.
(Ord. 2000-08, passed 4-17-00)
§ 96.08  PRIMA FACIE EVIDENCE OF VIOLATION.
     If any animal shall be found in violation of the provisions of this chapter, proof of the violation and identity of the animal shall be prima facie evidence of the violation of this chapter by the owner of the animal.
(Ord. 2000-08, passed 4-17-00)
§ 96.09  DANGEROUS DOGS.
     (A)     In the event that an incident involving any dog that may be dangerous as defined in this Code is reported, then the Broward County Division of Animal Care and Regulation shall proceed with the procedures and penalties for dangerous dogs contained in the Broward County Animal Care and Regulation Ordinance, Part II Code of Ordinance, Chapter 4 Animals and Fowl.
     (B)     Notwithstanding the definition of "dangerous  dog" as provided in this chapter, no dog may be classified dangerous  if an injury or damage is sustained by a person who, at the time said injury or damage was sustained, was committing a willful trespass or other tort upon premises occupied by the owner or keeper of the dog, or if lawfully on the property, was teasing, tormenting, abusing or assaulting the dog or its owner or a family member, or was committing or attempting to commit a crime.  No dog may be classified dangerous  if the dog was protecting or defending a human being within the immediate vicinity of the dog from an unjustified attack or assault.
     (C)     This section shall not apply to dogs owned and used by a law enforcement agency.
(Ord. 2000-08, passed 4-17-00; Am. Ord. 2002-37, passed 11-4-02)
§ 96.10  ANIMAL BITES WITH INJURIES.
     (A)     If any animal inflicts serious injuries as defined in Chapter 12 or attacks and/or kills a domestic animal as described in Chapter 12, definition of "Dangerous Dog", the animal's owner or keeper shall be subject to the provisions of § 4-14 of the Broward County Animal Care and Regulation Division, Part II Code of Ordinances, Chapter 4 Animals and Fowl.  If the Animal Care and Regulation Division concludes following an animal bite investigation that the animal inflicted severe injuries while unprovoked, the owner or keeper shall, at all times that the animal is not securely confined indoors or confined in an enclosure:
          (1)     Muzzle the animal in such a manner as to prevent it from biting or injuring any person or other animal; and
          (2)     Keep the animal on a leash with the owner or keeper in attendance.
     (B)     If any animal inflicts serious injuries on a person or attacks and/or kills a domestic animal as described above, the owner or keeper of the animal and the animal shall be subject to the procedures and penalties for dangerous dogs contained in the Broward County Animal Care and Regulation Ordinance, Part II Code of Ordinances, Chapter 4 Animals and Fowl.
     (C)     Failure to comply with the requirements above shall constitute a violation of this section.  Any person cited for an infraction for bites and/or unmuzzled animals shall pay the civil penalty or penalties in the amount set by Broward County.
(Ord. 2002-37, passed 11-4-02)
94.07  ANIMALS.
     Animals shall be prohibited except in areas that are clearly marked by signs permitting domestic animals.  Animals used by law enforcement or trained dogs necessary to aid disabled individuals shall be exempt from this provision.
(Ord. 98-18, passed 4-6-98)

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