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.”
Date posted: June 24, 2013
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