Leash Law

a.  Restraint shall mean:  Restriction or control of an animal's movement.  Sufficient restraint shall include, but is not limited to, restraint by a leash, harness, or similar effective or humane device that is capable of restraining an animal, or confinement indoors or within a cage, fence, or vehicle or similar secure enclosure.  Being loose in the back of an open truck does not constitute being restrained.  Sufficient restraint shall also include immediate supervision of an animal by a competent person which both are in the limits of the real property of the animal's owner's or keeper.

b.  It shall be unlawful for any person to keep any animal unless it is restrained, whether on or off the owner's or keeper's property.

c.  All chains, leashes or similar restraints shall be designed and placed so as to prevent choking or strangulation and be of such design so as to restrain the animal during its utmost physical attempts to free itself.  Such form of restraint while on the owner's or keeper's property shall be no less than ten (10) feet in length and either on a swivel designed to prevent choking or strangulation or on a chain run with a swivel or in a securely fenced area, secure building or dwelling.

d.  Nothing contained in these rules is intended to be in conflict with the laws of the State of North Carolina regarding dogs while being used in hunting.  Nor are these rules intended to interfere with legal sporting events or exhibitions involving dogs, cats or other animals.  However, while engaged in such activities the owner or keeper of such animals shall be strictly liable for damages done by those animals to the person, possessions or property of others.

e.  All female dogs and cats in heat (season) must be confined.  The owner or keeper of any female dog or cat in heat must confine the animal in a building or enclosure in such manner that it will not be in contact with another dog or cat.  Restraining the animal in an open area with a chain or leash to a fixed object does not constitute confinement, and is a violation of these rules.  This section shall not be construed to prohibit the intentional breeding of animals within an enclosed area on the premises of the owner or keeper of an animal involved in the breeding process.

f.  An owner or keeper of any animal shall be held strictly liable for any damages done by the animal while on or off the owner's or keeper's real property.


If you are found in violation of the "Leash Law" you can be issued citations and/or further action may result.

Penalty:  $25.00 Failure to restrain non-vicious animals (Section V.2)

           $50.00 Failure to properly confine females in heat (Section V.5)

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