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Is there a New Hanover County countywide leash law, including parks and all beaches?

Ashley Withers
StarNews

Margaret Hobgood walks Emily in Hugh MacRae Park on May 1, 2006. StarNews file photo.

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Charles Smith, the county spokesperson, said the county’s leash law would only be superseded by a beach town’s policy if it was more stringent.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.

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