BRUNSWICK COUNTY -- If you live in Brunswick County, it may cost you more than you think if you lose your pet. One resident says he paid hundreds of dollars to reclaim his dog. Winnabow resident Ryan Bisping says his two-year-old dog Sienna ran away last month. But when Sienna finally turned up, Bisping had to pay up. Brunswick County Animal Services fees totaled $200 dollars, including fees for Sienna not wearing a dog tag -- a requirement in North Carolina -- and a fee for being a nuisance in the area. Officials tell NewsChannel 3 these types of fees will be tagged on for any animal they pick up in public and would have totaled $300 dollars had Bisping not provided documentation of Sienna's rabies vaccinations. Bisping says these fees are outrageous. "I think it's just a money racket, really, just because they can. I mean, what are you going to do? Not pay and leave without your dog? I'm not doing that," Bisping said. According to North Carolina's leash law Sienna can legally run free as long as she stays on private property. The minute she strays, animal services will consider the dog "at large" and by law, can tag on a number of fees for the owner's negligence.
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