The SPPOA Board asks for assistance from all pet owners. We have received complaints regarding dogs running freely and approaching people in a menacing manner. Unfortunately, neighborhood dogs have bitten both people and other pets.
The Board is mandated to respond. The SPPOA Declaration of Restrictive Covenants state that “all animals of any nature shall be under the complete control of the owner thereof at all times” (Section nine, April 9, 1979).
The SPPOA Restrictive Covenants are in agreement with the Beaufort County Code of Ordinance, Part 6- Health and Sanitation, Ch 4- Animals Article B- Dogs Sec. 6-4022:
“It shall be unlawful for an owner of any dog or any other animal to permit the same to run at large at any time upon any street or other public property. No owner shall fail to exercise proper care and control of his animals to prevent them from becoming a public nuisance.”
Also, Sec. 6-4023:
“No person owning or harboring or having care or custody of a dangerous dog may permit the dog to go unconfined on his premises. A dangerous dog is unconfined if the dog is not securely confined indoors or confined in a securely enclosed and locked dog-run area upon the person’s premises. The dog-run area must have sides six-feet high and a second top. If the structure has no bottom secured to the sides, the sides must be embedded into the ground a depth of no less than one foot.”
And Sec 6-4026:
“Unprovoked attacks by dangerous dogs- A person who is lawfully on the owner’s premises or in a public area who is attacked by a dangerous dog or witnesses the attack may use reasonable force to repel the attack. A person is not liable in damages or otherwise for action to repel or any action taken to restrain or control a dog from an unprovoked attack.”
SPPOA residents should not feel threatened by animals. Those threatened have the right to call for protection. We hope that owners will promptly and effectively address the situation before others feel compelled to call for assistance from Beaufort County Animal Services (843-255-5010 during business hours; 843-524-2777 and ask for the on-duty animal control officer otherwise).
The Board hopes that all pet owners will abide by Section nine of the SPPOA Restrictive Covenants and by the Beaufort County Code of Ordinance—that’s best for everyone.
Thanks for your help.
The Seabrook Point Property Owners Association Board of Directors