Here in Buncombe we love our animals, especially dogs. Don't forget that our Animal Control Ordinance requires that everyone keep their dogs on a leash at all times when they are away from their own property.
This applies to all County Parks and Recreation areas including Bent Creek Recreational Forest.
Keeping your dog on a leash is a good idea for lots of reasons including:
- Helps prevent confrontations when you meet other dogs or people
- Dogs may want to chase runners and bikers and can cause accidents or be hurt
- Dogs may be tempted to chase wild animals causing stress or harm to wildlife or your dog
- You can be held liable for damages done by your dog to other people, pets or property.
Sec. 6-76. - Restraint of dogs. (a)Generally. Every person owning or having possession, charge, care, custody or control of any dog shall keep such animal exclusively upon his premises. However, such dog may be off such premises if it is under the physical control of a competent person and restrained by a chain, leash, harness or other means of physical control.