I have been a N. Topsail Island resident since 2002. I enjoy the ocean waters very much. I have never had any shark situation towards myself, family, or friends ever come up. What i have experienced way too many times is leash law breakers letting their dogs run on our beach without being leashed. North Topsail Island has a leash law in effect for all our protection. But for some odd reason their are leash law breakers out there that think they are above it's law. My 13 year old dog is always on his leash. And yet he has been attacked by an unleashed dog 7 times since 2002. This past memorial day week-end was no exception. He was again attacked by an unleashed dog that came running up to him. My poor 13 year old is still recovering from his wounds. My neighbor enjoys jogging on the beach. He has been attacked by an unleashed dog twice now. My other neighbor little pooch was attacked by an unleased dog just 2 months ago. Her little pooch had to be rushed into surgery. Costing my neighbor a $500.00 vet bill. Because the leash law breaker grabbed his dog and split without even an appology. I think folks have their fears all mixed up. It's not the sharks you should be fearing. It's the leash law breakers and their unleashed dogs.
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