Summer is not beach season for dogs in Upper Township

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STRATHMERE – The township’s animal control service says it will begin patrolling beaches in Strathmere as a result of complaints about dogs on the beach.

The township does not allow dogs on local beaches between April 1 and Sept. 15, except for guide dogs. Dogs are allowed on beaches between Sept. 16 and March 30, according to the township.

 “Dogs are allowed on our beaches five months a year, but for the enjoyment of our residents and tourists, we are asking the public to please comply with the dog ordinance which prohibits dogs on the beach during the season,” Mayor Richard Palombo said.

Upper Township does not have a dog beach. Neither does Ocean City or Sea Isle City. Stone Harbor, Wildwood and Lower Township do allow dogs on their beaches but they must be leashed and pet owners must clean up after their dogs.

Wildwood’s dog beach just opened last week, though some residents opposed the move. City commissioners passed an ordinance on May 14 designating the beach at Poplar Ave. as dog-friendly. The beach opened to dogs on June 14.

Upper Township does maintain a dog park in Tuckahoe. Pet owners must obtain a permit for their dog or dogs to use the park. Permits cost $30 for the year or $10 for a week.

Violators could face fines up to $50 for bringing their dog to Upper Township beaches. Local ordinance sets the penalty at $50 for a first offense in a 12 month period, $75 for a second offense and $150 for a third or subsequent offenses.

In a statement, Shore Animal Control is asking residents and visitors to comply with the rules out of respect for their neighbors and the law. 

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