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Why doesn’t the New Hanover Sheriff’s Office enforce the leash rule on Masonboro Island?

From left, Hope Sutton, NC Coastal Reserve Southern Sites Manager/Stewardship Coordinator; Joanne Harcke, President of Friends of the Reserve; and Lisa Weeks, a volunteer with FOR Masonboro Island, walk on the island during a media tour about the sea turtle monitoring program on the island. StarNews photo by Matt Born.

Q. The first rule posted as you set foot upon Masonboro Island is that dogs must be leashed. Yet, very few obey the rule. The dogs disturb “non-dog” people as well as wildlife. They are a safety and health issue. Why doesn’t the Sheriff’s Department enforce the rule before someone gets hurt. Aren’t they setting themselves up for a lawsuit?

A. “The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office enforces all North Carolina laws as well as county ordinances. As for Masonboro Island, it is not common practice to have a deputy on the island except for major holidays due to the feasibility and availability of deputies,” said Sgt. Jerry Brewer, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office. “It is up to the dog owner to follow and comply with all state laws and county ordinances.”

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