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Rules & Etiquette

DOG PARK RULES & ETIQUETTE
  • No weapons of any kind are permitted on park property.

  • Owners/handlers of a dog are responsible for the conduct of their pet at all times while on park property. Park users and dog owners assume all risks related to use of the dog park. The City of Rocky Mount and its Parks & Recreation Department are not responsible for ones pets or injuries that may occur while using this facility. Enter at your own risk. N.C. State Law requires all dog bites of humans to be reported to the Rocky Mount Police Department at 252-972-1411. Dog bites involving other dogs are a civil matter between the involved parties.

  • All dogs outside the off-leash dog park fence must remain on a leash at all times (City Code 4-25[a]).

  • It shall be unlawful for any person in charge of a dog to fail to remove feces deposited by the dog on publicly owned property (City Code 4-22[a]-4). Please clean up after your pet with provided waste bags and dispose of it in a park trash receptacle.

  • No more than 2 dogs per handler for each visit to the park. Handlers must carry one leash per dog and remain inside the fenced area within view and voice control of their dog at all times.

  • It shall be unlawful for an owner to fail to provide current rabies inoculation for any dog 4 months or older. The metal tag shall be securely fastened to the dog’s collar (City Code 4-39[a]). Always keep your dog up to date on all vaccinations, especially rabies, and have them checked regularly by a veterinarian. This prevents the spread of disease in a place where many dogs come in contact with each other and wild animals every day.

  • Puppies under 6 months of age are not permitted in the park.

  • Female dogs in heat shall be confined in a building or secure enclosure and are not permitted to use the dog park (City Code 4-47).

  • Dogs known to exhibit vicious, fierce, aggressive or dangerous behavior are not permitted in the park at any time. Acts of aggression against other dogs or people are prohibited. Dogs must be removed if uncontrollable. It is recommended that handlers only bring dogs that have been spayed or neutered. Digging is strongly discouraged. Persistent barking will not be allowed.

  • Choke, prong, pinch, and spike collars are not allowed and must be removed inside park area.

  • Close adult supervision is required for children under the age of 12.

  • No food or dog chews are allowed within the off-leash area (picnic shelter area is exempted).

  • Grooming of pets is only allowed in designated areas.

  • At no point shall the facility be used by the public for profitable gain without prior approval from P & R administration.

  • No littering. Place all trash in provided receptacles. Smoking is only allowed in designated smoking area(s). The consumption of alcohol is not allowed on city property.

  • Be mindful of other children and pets in the park. Although your dog might never harm anyone, the behavior of other dogs and people is always unpredictable.

  • Climbing on or over the fence is not permitted. Strollers, bicycles, and skateboards are not allowed in fenced areas.

  • Parks and Recreation staff have the authority to close the site for maintenance, weather related problems and special events.

Failure to adhere to park policies is grounds for immediate removal from the premises. In the event of an emergency call 911. Emergency Vet Info is E.C. Vets of Wilson at 252-265-9920. View the Rocky Mount City Code here.

What Should You Do if a Fight Happens?
  • Keep Calm. Yelling only adds to the over-excited frenzy.

  • Never reach with your hands into the mix. You may get bitten, even by your own dog.

  • Distract or divert their attention by a blast of water from a bottle, a loud whistle, or a pocket air horn.

  • If your dog is not involved, keep him/her out of the fight.

  • Control your dog and move him/her to a neutral area.

If Your Dog Inflicts an Injury:

You must give your name and phone number to the other dog owner before leaving the area. Owners are legally and financially responsible for their dog(s) behavior and any injuries, damages, or loss their dog may cause. To report animal emergencies, contact Rocky Mount Police Animal Control at 252-972-1390.