Cumberland County approves $500 fine for dog bites

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The owner of any dog that bites a person causing an injury that requires medical treatment faces a $500 fine under a new ordinance adopted by the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners Monday.

Commissioners voted 6-1 to approve the change.

The county has seen an increase in dog attacks in recent years, and Animal Control officials asked for stiffer penalties.

The fine is $500 for the first offense.

Rules and regulations of ownership and control of dogs, cats and other animals in Cumberland County can be found online at www.co.cumberland.nc.us/animal_control.aspx.

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