Local Leash Laws
Franklin County Ordinance No. 2001-24
An ordinance regulating animals in Franklin County, encouraging humane and responsible animal ownership.
SECTION 2. DEFINITIONS:
RESTRAINT: A dog or cat shall be considered under restraint if it is confined within the real property limits of its owner or secured by a leash or lead or under the direct control of a responsible person.
DIRECT CONTROL: Immediate, continuous physical control of a dog at all times such as by means of a leash, cord, secure fence, or chain of such strength to restrain the dog and controlled by a person capable of restraining the dog, or safe and secure restraint within a vehicle. If the controlling person is at all times fully and clearly within the unobstructed sight and hearing of the dog, voice control shall be considered direct control.
SECTION 5: OWNER RESPONSIBILITY
All dogs shall be kept under restraint in any property zoned residential or commercial.
No animal shall be allowed to cause a nuisance. The owner of every dog or cat shall be held responsible for every behavior of such dog or cat under the provisions of this ordinance.
ST. GEORGE ISLAND STATE PARK
Pets are permitted in designated day-use areas. They must be kept on a hand-held leash that is six-feet or shorter and be well-behaved at all times. Pet owners are required to pick up after their pets and properly dispose of their droppings. Pets are not permitted on beaches or playgrounds, the Youth Camp or Primitive Camp, or in bathing areas, cabins, park buildings, or concession facilities. Service animals are welcome in all areas of the State Park.
SUBDIVISIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS: St. George Plantation, Sunset Beach, 300 Ocean Mile, Villas of St. George and other areas governed by owners’ associations have specific rules and guidelines regarding pets. A Summary, although association rules may vary, is full compliance with County Leash Law (see above), and clean up is required after your pet. Some associations may specify animals be kept on a leash. Check with your rental agent.