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Pet Laws

  • As of April 2009, it will be illegal to tether (or chain) your dog if you are not present (Section 5-21). Volunteer trainers will offer free training advice to owners of tethered dogs. For more information call 305 884-1877.
  • Dogs, cats, and ferrets must be vaccinated against the rabies virus beginning at 4 months of age, and they must be revaccinated as directed by the vaccine manufacturer (typically, every 1 or 3 years). (Section 5-6).
  • Dogs must be licensed every year and must wear their tags at all times. (Section 5-7).
  • The registered owner shall notify the Department, prior to the license renewal deadline, of any change in status of the dog, such as if the animal has been moved to a new address, lost, stolen, sold, or given away or has died. (Section 5-7)
  • 4 dogs are allowed to live on residential property that is less than one acre, 6 dogs on 1 to 2 acres, and 8 dogs on 2 acres or more.  Keeping more than those numbers of dogs on residential property requires a Kennel license (Sections 5-1 and 5-13).
  • Dogs are not permitted to roam free off your private property.  They must be leashed at all times. (Section 5-20)
  • If you breed pets, you must have a Hobby Breeder or Kennel license. (Sections 5-1 and 5-13)
  • If you sell pets, you must have a Hobby Breeder or Pet Dealer license (Section 5-10).
  • If you sell pets, they must be microchipped and registered to the new owner and must be sold with an original official certificate of veterinary inspection. (Section 5-10)
  • To transport a pet in the back of a pick up truck, it must be in a secured carrier.  See Section 5-15 for other requirements. 
  • Dogs in heat must be confined (Section 5-20.1).
  • The acquisition or keeping of Pit Bull dogs is prohibited in Miami-Dade County (Section 5-17.6).
  • Depriving an animal of food, water, or adequate shelter is an act of animal cruelty (Section 5-4)

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View the full amended Chapter 5 regarding Pet Laws in Miami-Dade County

Citations (Civil Violation Notices)

Miami-Dade County pet owners registered with Animal Services are issued courtesy renewal notices advising to vaccinate against rabies and/or renew their rabies.

County Codes & Ordinances

Chapter 5 of the Miami-Dade County Code highlights pertaining to the sale of licenses/tags.

Cruelty Law

Learn more about the common conditions, and any others listed which result in inhumane treatment of an animal is considered acts of cruelty

Leash Law

Your dog is not permitted to roam free off your private property. When your dog is off your property, it must be leashed at all times.

License Law

Learn more about Sec. 5-7 license tags required for all dogs.

Pit Bull Law

It is illegal in Miami-Dade County to own or keep American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, or any other dog that substantially conforms to any of these breeds' characteristics.

Pooper Scooper Law

You must exercise proper care and control of your dog. It is creating a public nuisance when it chases vehicles or persons, or when it trespasses or causes damage to another person’s private property, or on public property.

Rabies Law

See more information about Sec. 5-6 Vaccination against rabies for dogs, cats and ferrets.

Service Animals

Service dogs are usually given by nonprofit organizations that specialize in the training and placing of service dogs to individuals with disabilities. There is no County agency that provides this type of service.

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