New Hanover County spokesperson Charles Smith said there are no leash laws for cats in the area.
However, he said, while there are no specific leash laws, cats are required to be under restraint when off the owner’s property, Smith said.
Section 5-9 of the New Hanover County Code of Ordinances states:
Dogs, cats, or ferrets running at large prohibited.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any owner of a dog, cat, or ferret to allow it to run at large off the premises of its owner.
(b) Upon an animal services officer’s observation of a dog, cat, or ferret running at large, or off the premises of its owner and not under the restraint of a competent person, the officer may, at his discretion, impound the dog, cat, or ferret or return it to its owner.
(c) Upon an animal services officer’s receipt of a complaint that a dog, cat, or ferret is running at large or is off the premises of its owner and not under the restraint of a competent person, the officer shall investigate the complaint; and upon finding that there is probable cause that a violation has occurred, the officer may issue a citation or a warning or take any other action contained in this chapter or any state law as the circumstances may require.
(d) Any owner cited for a violation of this chapter may discharge the citation upon payment of the current fee schedule adopted by the board county commissioners. If the dog, cat, or ferret is impounded, the owner may redeem the dog, cat, or ferret under the provisions of section 5-17, provided the owner is in compliance with all other applicable provisions of this chapter. If the owner is charged under a warrant, summons, or bill of indictment and convicted, the provisions of section 5-23 shall apply.
Date posted: June 4, 2014
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