A happy dog peers over the side of a truck bed as it speeds
down U.S. 1 — a fairly common sight. Unless it’s properly
restrained, however, it’s also a code violation. The city’s
website www.cityofpsl.com covers the basics along with an
extensive FAQ page. With infraction fees ranging from $50 to
$200, it pays to know.
“The most important thing to understand is that ordinances
are geared toward responsible pet ownership,” said
Bryan Lloyd, the city’s police animal control administrator.
“Our most frequent violations are dogs running at large and
barking complaints. These usually stem from owners leaving
their animals outside without supervision. Responsibility
starts with knowing where your pets are and being present
when they’re outside to ensure they’re safe and not creating
There are more than 14,000 dogs registered in Port St. Lucie,
a number representing only about 14 percent of its total
dog population. St. Lucie County is unusual in Florida, Lloyd
says, as it has three separate animal control agencies. Pockets
within Port St. Lucie are technically unincorporated, so make
sure you know in which jurisdiction your home is located.
For example, spayed or neutered pets qualify for lifetime
licenses in the county and Port St. Lucie, but not Fort Pierce.
Port St. Lucie also requires these animals be microchipped.
In general, dogs in Port St. Lucie should be kept on a leash,
secured on your property or within a fenced area. A female
dog in heat must be kept out of public places. If animal
control picks up a free roaming dog, there’s a $25 fee with an
additional $10 fee per night. If an owner doesn’t pick up the
animal within five days, it’s taken to the Humane Society. >>
Mayor Gregory J. Oravec, with his dog Duncan, is always pleased to help
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