Coastal communities are trying to combat a growing problem dogs running free without a leash.
This is a safety concern that has coastal communities working to spread the word about existing pet ordinances.
People have been complaining about dogs running lose on the beach without a leash.
Officials are urging residents and visitors to follow the law and to clean up after their pets.
The town of Emerald Isle is taking matters into their own hands and plans to beef up security to help combat this problem.
Anyone found breaking the law will be give a fifty dollar citation.
Local resident James Poythress thinks this a good idea since his dog was attack days ago by a dog running lose.
Other areas seeing this problem include the towns of Bogue Banks, Atlantic Beach and Pine Knoll Shores.
They plan to enforce their local pet ordinances as well