Jackson County, NC Has Drafted a Breed-Specific Ordinance

LEGISLATIVE ALERT: Jackson County “ Potentially Dangerous Breeds

Jackson County NC has drafted an animal control ordinance. A public meeting was held Monday, September 17th for comments.

Draft Ordinance”


This section is to supplement Article 1A chapter 67 section 4.1-5 of the North Carolina General Statutes.

It shall be unlawful for any person to keep any potentially dangerous dog within the county unless it is confined within a fully enclosed pen (wireless fencing is not considered acceptable for a fully enclosed pen), or is securely under restraint by means of a leash or chain and firmly under control at all times. The premises on which any animal under this section is confine shall be clearly marked with a warning sign. *Dogs of a potentially dangerous breed are dogs which exhibit the behavioral characteristics and/or traits including but not limited to; Rottweilers and Pit Bulls.*

Comments to oppose should be sent to:

County Manager / Commissioners Office
401 Grindstaff Cove Road, Suite A-207
Sylva, NC 28779
Fax: 828-631-2208

Kenneth L. Westmoreland, County Manager
E-mail: JacksonCoMgr@jacksonnc.org

Pat Parris, Administrative Assistant
E-mail: patparris@jacksonnc.org

Evelyn Baker, Clerk to Board
E-mail: evelynbaker@jacksonnc.org

Office Hours: Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

*Cross-posted with permission from Susan Wolf, North Carolina Responsible Animal Owners Alliance (NCRAOA)

2 responses to “Jackson County, NC Has Drafted a Breed-Specific Ordinance”

  1. This has got to be the dumbest thing I have ever read. Rather than imposing this new ordinance, why not make some leash laws that involve everyone in the county? not just people living in the city limits. This county is in desperate need of county-wide leash laws. Most of the problems involving dangerous dogs happen outside the city limits where there are no leash laws. What characteristics must a dog exhibit in order to be labeled dangerous? If a dog is protecting his owner and/or his owners property, then he is doing his job. My 125lb German Shepherd is very sweet but I am sure he would attack anyone trying to hurt me or break into my home. If protecting me from harm labels him as dangerous then I guess I own a real “killer”.

  2. So, Jackson county NC, my girlfriend, dog (Am. Staf. Terrier, aka Pit/Basenji), and I are planning a road trip across country later this summer. We’ll be doing some visiting of family in NC, checking out a possible school (WCU), and spending ‘tourist’ dollars of course. Should stay out of your county? I sure as shit ain’t going to keep my dog on a leash 24/7. Is this stupid ordinance still current?

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