- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

BUXTON, N.C. (AP) - Owners of unleashed dogs at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore could be fined up to $125.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reported (http://bit.ly/1F2ixy0) that repeat offenders could be sent to jail for up to six months and face a $5,000 fine.

The park says owners must keep dogs on leashes or in cages while on the beach. The National Park Service says unleashed dogs can disturb sea turtle and shorebird nests. Tampering with endangered species or their habitat can bring penalties of up to five years in prison and a $25,00 fine.

The leashes must be no longer than 6 feet.

Park Superintendent David Hallac said unleashed dogs can also be a nuisance or threat to other visitors.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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