Thursday, February 29, 2024

What you need to know about Virginia Beach animal laws right now

A bulldog goes for a walk on the beach in Virginia Beach
A bulldog goes for a walk on the beach in Virginia Beach
The Virginia Beach Animal Control is asking pet owners to pay attention to changes in laws regarding the sand beaches and board walk. New rules went into place this past Friday and run through Monday September 7, 2020. No animals are allowed on the sand beach or the boardwalk from Rudee Inlet through 42nd St at any time of the day, with the exception of leashed dogs being allowed on the boardwalk only between the hours of 6:00 am and 10:00 am. Any animals on Atlantic Ave, or in the parks and connector streets between Atlantic Ave and the boardwalk between Rudee Inlet and 42nd St must be in an escape proof container unless the animal is a dog, which must be on a leash. On all other sand beaches dogs are not permitted on the beaches between the hours of 10:00 am and 6:00 pm. If you bring your dog to the beach you are required to clean up any waste from your animal as well as have a container on your person by which to do so. Guide, hearing, and/or service dogs trained to and in the company a person with a disability are exempt from all sections of the code with the exception of the requirement to clean up any waste from their dog. Animal Control Officers will be patrolling the boardwalk and sand beaches.  Enforcement action will be taken for anyone found to be in violation of the code.

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