I'm posting the Walton County Ordinances regarding animals to remind everyone of their responsibilities as pet owners. Sec. 5-29. Running at large prohibited. (a) All animals, when not on the owner's premises or on the premises of another who consents thereto, shall be and remain under the direct control of a person competent to control such animal at all times. (b) The owner or custodian of any animal found running or remaining at large shall be responsible for any violation of this article. (c) Exceptions. This section shall not apply to: (1) Any dog actually engaged in the sport of hunting, which includes training two weeks preceding hunting season, in authorized areas and under the supervision of a competent person. (2) Any animal that is trained to assist or provide personal services for a disabled person, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act. (3) Government police dog while on duty. Sec. 5-32. Nuisance animals. (a) Prohibited. It shall be unlawful for any owner or custodian of an animal to allow the animal to become a nuisance animal, as defined in this article. ("Nuisance animal" shall mean: (1) Any animal that may pose a threat to a person or passing vehicle; or (2) Any animal off the owner's premises that attacks other animals; ) (b) Exemption. Animals in commercial kennels, security animals on property designated as "commercial" or "industrial" under the Walton County Comprehensive Plan, service animals, and animals on their owners' property that are provoked by persons other than their owners, including trespassers, shall be exempt from the provisions of this section as it relates to animals that habitually or continuously bark, whine, howl, meow, scream, or cause objectional noises. (c) Enforcement. An officer, upon receipt of notification of a logged complaint by an individual complainant alleging a violation of this section shall investigate and may issue a citation to any animal owner or custodian whom the officer has probable cause to believe is in violation of this section. The requirement for probable cause shall be satisfied if the violation occurs in the presence of the officer, or if the available evidence at the scene is sufficient for a reasonable person to believe a violation has occurred, or if the owners or occupants of two or more different lots or residences nearby execute verified written statements substantiating a violation Dogs are NOT allowed to run free without direct control of the owner. Folks -keep your dogs on a leash unless it is VERY well trained. And do not let your dog wander around the neighborhood!!!!!!! I am getting tired of my dog (always on a leash) being approached by aggressive unleashed dogs. She has been snapped at by 3 dogs in the past few months and I am going to have to start opening a can of whoop-kibbles-n-bits on her canine aggressors.