TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - An incident where a Leon County deputy shot a dog is serving as a reminder to pet owners across the Big Bend, that even if your pet is on your property, owners are responsible to take measures to protect others.
Much like their owners, every pet is a little bit different, including dogs. Some are grouchier, while others are a little more excitable.
Most dogs, no matter their personality, love to run and play outside, and while some dog parks and pup-friendly events allow for your furry friend to be off the leash, the majority of public places do not.
At home, the leash can come off, but you can't just let pets roam. They should still be contained either within the house or the yard.
And when you have visitors, consider moving your pet to a separate area.
"The owner of the animal would know their animal best. Depending on the animal you have, you may want to put it in another room," said Cara Aldridge, Director of Leon County Animal Control. "I have a small dog who likes to bark profusely at strangers who come into the house, so she usually gets put into another room with the door closed."
Loud noises or sudden movements can scare many pets. Others may be shy around new people. Those are all good reasons to keep your pet apart from activities.
If you see a dog that's not yours but you still want to reach down and pet it, it's always good to ask the owner first. That way, the dog and yourself remain safe.
Aldridge also told WTXL citations can be written to pet owners if their pets repeatedly escape from their home or if pets aren't vaccinated against rabies.