Wrightsville Beach pet fines increase

Reported by Max Winitz - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Animal control law fines have increased for violators on Wrightsville Beach.

During a recent meeting, the Board of Alderman decided to increase all animal violation fine to $250, regardless if it is a first offense.  Previously, first time violators only faced a fine of $100.

Violations include not picking up and disposing of pet waste, not having your dog on a leash, or having your animal on the beach between April 1 - Sep. 13.

Town Manager Bob Simpson said there will be no more verbal warnings.

"The problem continues to increase, so we are going from the point of contacting and warning, to straight violations," said Simpson.  "There is no first time rule or anything else. Unfortunately, you would think the majority of this is with visitors, but it isn't."

The money generated from the fines will go towards state and education programs.

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