As Seabrookers know, our island is pet-friendly, with a specially-designated area for pet owners to enjoy the beach and ocean with their animals, and where many Seabrookers can be seen out and about walking their dogs and visiting with neighbors. Seabrook pet owners would agree that their pets are a valued part of our community, providing love, comfort, and companionship.
Unfortunately, there have been a few instances over the past few years where a pet was not under the control of its caretaker and caused injury to people and other animals. As a result, the SIPOA Board of Directors amended the SIPOA Rules and Regulations to include procedures in the event of an attack by a household pet against persons or other animals.
The new section of the SIPOA Rules and Regulations regarding household animals says, “Pets must be restrained from causing annoyance, inconvenience or discomfort to the health, safety and welfare of others, including, but not limited to, entering areas in which pets are prohibited, destroying or damaging any property, and/or attacking or threatening to attack any person, or any other pet, in any manner. After being cited for one or more prior violations of Sections 9.A.1 and/or 9.A.2 of these Rules & Regulations, the Executive Director may require the pet owner to muzzle the pet, to use a six foot (6’) or shorter leash, or both, when the pet is outdoors. Violation of such a requirement for each pet will be subject to the same sanctions as other violations of this section.” It should also be noted that “repeat violations of the governing document requirements regarding domestic animals are subject to an assessment of two-times (2x) the prior assessment amount for each subsequent offense.”
This amendment is intended to ensure a safe environment where Seabrook Island residents, visitors, and guests can coexist in harmony with household pets while enjoying a walk on our streets, on our beaches, and through our maritime forest.
Other rules regarding household pets, which remain unchanged, include:
With the exception of service animals, household pets are prohibited from all SIPOA facilities, including pools, pool areas, and enclosures, and buildings.
When out and about, household animals must be on a lead when not on their owner’s property. “On lead” and “on a lead” means that the pet is controlled using a physical restraint made of cord, rope, strap, chain or other material effective for restraining the type and size of the pet.
The physical restraint is no longer than sixteen (16) feet and must be secured to the animal’s collar or harness.
The restraint is continuously held by a person physically capable of restraining the animal.
Animals under voice control or under control of remotely-operated devices such as electronic collars are considered to be “off lead.”
The Town of Seabrook Island has jurisdiction of the beach below the high tide line and SIPOA has jurisdiction above the high tide line. SIPOA works in conjunction with the Town to maintain the safety and beauty of our beach. To see the beach rules about pets, click here.
Pet owners or caretakers are responsible for picking up after their pets and disposing of waste properly.
These are taken from SIPOA Rules and Regulations, Sections IV. A, IX. A, and XIV. Appendix A. The Town of Seabrook Island Beach Management Ordinance (click here) addresses the seasonal changes for dog walking on Seabrook Island beaches.
The Safety and Security Committee asks property owners to share information about this amendment regarding household pets with visitors and rental guests.
-Submitted by Veronica L’Allier, Chair, Safety and Security Committee