Dangerous Dog Hearing Board

Dangerous Dog Hearing Board

The Dangerous Dog Hearing Board was created to conduct hearings pursuant to section 4.5-23 of the Code of Ordinances using the procedures established by Division 3 of Article VI of 
Chapter 2 of the Code of Ordinances. Once a dog is classified as a dangerous dog by the dangerous dog hearing board, the animal control authority shall provide written notification to the owner by registered mail, certified hand delivery or service, and the owner may file a written request for a hearing in the county court to appeal the classification within ten business days after receipt of a written determination of dangerous dog classification and must confine the dog in a securely fenced or enclosed area pending a resolution of the appeal.

Section 4.5-28 of the Highlands County Code of Ordinances. 
Ord. No. 97-26, § 1, 7-15-97; Ord. No. 14-15-06, § 1; Ord. No. 17-18-02, § 7


Appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. 

The Dangerous Dog Board shall consist of five (5) members as follows:
  • Two (2) citizens who are licensed veterinarians
  • One (1) citizen who is an officer or director of the Highlands County Humane Society, Inc., a Florida corporation not-for-profit
  • Two (2) citizens, at large
  • Appointment of two (2) additional alternate veterinarians in case of a conflict
Members shall serve for three-year terms and may be reappointed for subsequent terms.

Meetings vary, based on need.

Michelle Drake / Staff Liaison
(863) 402-6500

Larry Jernigan / Veterinarian
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John Young / Veterinarian
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Judy Spiegal / Humane Society
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Amanda Helton / Citizen At Large
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Jack White / Citizen At Large
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Vacant (Alt) / Veterinarian
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Bill Jernigan (alt) / Veterinarian
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