Florida Senate - 2019 SB 1738 By Senator Gruters 23-01416A-19 20191738__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the restraint of dogs; amending s. 3 828.12, F.S.; prohibiting a person from restraining a 4 dog outside and unattended during a manmade disaster 5 or a natural disaster; providing a criminal penalty; 6 providing a fine; defining terms; providing an 7 effective date. 8 9 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 10 11 Section 1. Present subsection (6) of section 828.12, 12 Florida Statutes, is redesignated as subsection (7), and a new 13 subsection (6) is added to that section, to read: 14 828.12 Cruelty to animals.— 15 (6) A person who leaves a dog outside and unattended by use 16 of a restraint during a manmade disaster or a natural disaster 17 commits animal cruelty, a misdemeanor of the first degree, 18 punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or by a fine of not more 19 than $5,000, or both. As used in this subsection, the term: 20 (a) “Manmade disaster” means a situation in which a person 21 has received notice from a local or governmental authority that 22 an event attributed in part or entirely to human intent, error, 23 or negligence, or involving the failure of a manmade system, 24 which results in significant damage has occurred, is occurring, 25 or may soon occur in the person’s vicinity. 26 (b) “Natural disaster” means a situation in which a 27 hurricane, tropical storm, or tornado warning has been issued 28 for a municipality or a county by the National Weather Service, 29 or the municipality or county is under a mandatory or voluntary 30 evacuation order. 31 (c) “Restraint” means a chain, rope, tether, leash, cable, 32 or other device that attaches a dog to a stationary object or 33 trolley system. 34 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.