Dog waste can cost you $100

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To the editor:
While strolling with my husband yesterday afternoon by 40th Street on Sunset Beach, we saw some disturbing activity by a man with a dog, who decided to unleash his pet and let him swim and then the dog decided to poop in the water!
My husband went up to him immediately and advised that no pets are welcome before 6 p.m. in the summertime. The man pleaded ignorance and there was no plastic bag or anything else to clean his dog’s waste. We looked all over for a code enforcement employee and, unfortunately, they were not to be found.
Perhaps our tourists and natives need a review of Ordinance 96.33:
“Any person owning, keeping, possessing or harboring any pet shall carry in plain view bags and utensils to promptly remove and dispose of all feces left by the pet on any public property and on any private property not owned or lawfully occupied by such person within the town of Sunset Beach and shall promptly remove said feces left by said pet.”
“Violation of Section 96.33 shall be a misdemeanor punishable as provided in GS 14-4. In addition, any person violating this section shall also be subject to a civil penalty in the amount of $100 for each separate and distinct offense, which shall be payable within 72 hours of being cited for the violation.”
Ellen Pecina
Carolina Shores