Pasquotank to reconsider written permission for dog roaming


By Reggie Ponder
Staff Writer

Monday, April 22, 2019

Pasquotank County commissioners have agreed to revisit a proposed ban on hunters allowing their dogs to roam on private property without written permission from the landowner.

Board of Commissioners Chairman Jeff Dixon referred the matter to commissioners' Special Projects Committee last week following a presentation by landowner Doug Lane on the issue of hunting dogs being allowed to roam on private property without the owner’s permission.

Lane has proposed that commissioners adopt a rule requiring anyone to have written permission from a landowner before allowing their dogs onto someone's property. The proposal is primarily in response to deer hunters who hunt with dogs but would apply to any instance of dogs crossing onto private property.

A similar regulation was considered by county officials a decade ago but wasn’t adopted.

County officials did approve a rule at the time requiring hunters who use center-fire rifles to discharge them from a platform at least eight feet above the ground. The regulation is a local law that was approved by the General Assembly on the recommendation of Pasquotank’s commissioners.

In referring the issue to the Special Projects Committee, Dixon noted the panel already has two matters on its agenda and that the proposed dog ordinance would be third in line for the committee's consideration.

Dixon told commissioners that Lane had provided the board with extensive documentation related to his proposal. He encouraged them to review the material and become familiar with it.

Hunters who use dogs while hunting opposed the written-permission requirement when it came up before. Albemarle Houndsmen Association President Bobby Harris has said the group plans to oppose it now as well.

Lane told commissioners last week he appreciates their consideration of his proposal and willingness to work on it in committee.

“Thank you very much,” he said.