Many Brickell neighbors are fed up with dog owners who don’t abide by the laws that require dogs to be on leashes and to be picked up after. Police and BHA have been inundated with complaints, so our Neighborhood Resource Officer Daniel Rodriguez informs us Miami Police will be enforcing the Dog Leash and Pooper Scooper (Nuisance) Laws and imposing fines.
The Dog Leash law is straightforward:
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. Running at large: $150.00 fine for an unsterilized dog (plus a $10.00 surcharge), $50.00 fine for sterilized dogs (plus a $10.00 surcharge).
The “Pooper Scooper” law is also straightforward:
Not picking up your dog’s poop is considered a public nuisance. 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.
The law in Miami-Dade gets into more detail for those interested. See below from Section 5-20:
“It shall be unlawful for a responsible party to allow, whether willfully or through failure to exercise due care or control, a dog to commit any nuisance upon: the sidewalk of any public street; the floor of any common hall in any apartment house, hotel, or other multi-family dwelling; or any entranceway, stairway or wall immediately abutting on a public sidewalk; or the floor of any theatre, shop, store, office building or other building used in common by the public. “Nuisance,” for the purposes of this section, shall be defined as defecation and/or public urination. If a dog defecates on the grassy swale of a public right-of-way or other such public property, or on private property without the express or implied consent of the property owner, the responsible party shall remove the defecation and deposit it in an appropriate trash receptacle, sanitary disposal unit, or other sealed container.”