The New Hanover County leash law requires that dogs must be on a leash at all times, except within the confines of the two county dog parks.
Hugh MacRae and Ogden parks have a designated fenced-in area where dogs do not have to be on a leash.
The first violation of this law is a fine of $25; the second violation is a fine of $75 and a third violation would mean a fine of $500 or more.
Charles Smith, the county spokesperson, said the county’s leash law would only be superseded by a beach town’s policy if it was more stringent.
To report violations, call the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office’s Animal Services Unit at 910-798-7500.
Date posted: November 20, 2012
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