Unleashed is unlawful

Along with good nutrition, exercise is a key in keeping your dog at a healthy weight. Most experts agree that large breed dogs need up to 40 minutes of cardio exercise per day. While some owners in Navarre utilize the dog park to exercise their dog, others take Fido for a run or walk.

The Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter wants to remind dog owners to keep their pet leashed when taking those walks. “It’s just safer for everyone,” Dora Thomason, kennel supervisor at the shelter said. “When a dog is not leashed, even the best-trained dogs can lose focus and chase after something. You risk your dog being hit by a car or even nipping or biting at someone.”

While leashes provide safety for your dog, it is also required by county ordinance. Those not obeying the Santa Rosa County leash ordinance can face fines. The ordinance requires that owners be in direct control of the animal when it is off the private property of its owner.

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