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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Letting your dog run free could cost you more money in New Hanover County. Commissioners today approved increasing fines for violating the county’s leash laws.

First time violators will be fined $25. A second violation will cost you $75, and a third time will range from $200 to $500.

Anyone who commits a fourth violation could face misdemeanor criminal charges.

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8 Comments on "New Hanover raises fines for leash law violations"

2015 years 10 months ago

I was glad to see the county commissioners are finally doing something about owners who habitually allow their dogs to roam off leash. My neighbor was walking her dog on lease when an unleased dog attacked it. My neighbor’s dog was injured. She took the owner of the unleased dog to “dog court” and lost because the incident happened on common property in our complex? There was no question as to the unleashed dogs actions. It cost my neighbor $250.00 in vet bills and her dog is still not 100%.

Thank you New Hanover County Commissioners.

2015 years 10 months ago

If I can keep my dog from running free, so can every one else. Glad to see the county is getting more strict with irresponsible pet owners.

2015 years 10 months ago

It want apply to some! I have a neighbor who let’s thier dogs go every day & I was told when I called dog inforsment that a dog had rights! These dogs run lose in our neighbor hood every day> Officer Andrew Olsen told me that dogs have rights to> I was also told by the same officer that “If a dog was under his owners comand then,they couldn’t do anything about the dog running lose.” I also had pic of these dogs running lose! So if you have money to pay him off then he doesn’t care! The only thing I want to know is why??

2015 years 10 months ago

somebody make this clear for me please because i recieved a notice on my door to day sayint that my dog( who will get in the road with or without me there . therefore he has a runner he is on for short periods of time…. i was informed my neighbor is an employee of animal control and causes quiet a few issues with the people around us… so can someone give me more details about this because if keeping my dog save and out of the streets excuse me but i will recieve many of fines!!!!!!!

2015 years 10 months ago

I am a dog owner and lover , and like this law as much , now if we can just get someone to enforce it . I like it because it protects the animals as much as it does other people and they’re property . owning a dog is a responsibility , so lets be responsible and take care of our pets !


2015 years 10 months ago

Why aren’t CATS included in this?

2015 years 10 months ago

From NHC Animal Control Website

“Although cats are more difficult to keep contained than most dogs; they fall under the same ordinance restrictions as dogs. Responsible pet owners find appropriate methods to protect their pet’s welfare.”

Ralph Woollaston
2015 years 10 months ago

There’s a big difference between letting your dog run them getting out. Our yard is fenced but on occasion
our pets have gotten out. Once the meter reader, plumber,HVAC repair person left the gate not properly latched. We also have a neighbor who call the county pound if she sees a dog on our front lawn. It happens, they would like explore the neighbor hood, even though they’re walked every day. The County Commissioners could care less about a loose pet in the neighborhood, they’re much more interested in the money it brings in. Across the board the County Commissioners have raised rates so this is just another masked reason. My question though is, are cats subjected to the same policies? I have more problems with cat prints all over my cars, defecation in my yard, on my porches, and torment of my dogs. They’ve taken off twice to my knowledge in pursuit of an instigating cat! So there you have it!


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