• By Yevonne Sanborn
  • Posted Monday, September 12, 2011

Enhanced Patrol is Emphasizing Schools

The Enhanced Patrol Program is a public safety program to increase animal control presence and visibility in and near neighborhoods, parks and school. During summer months, the emphasis of the program is to provide for public safety and community livability through increased animal control presence in public parks, hiking trails and public meeting areas. These Enhanced Patrols occur outside standard hours of operation and cover all seven days with officers conducting bike patrols along hiking trails and other areas of the parks not generally accessible to vehicles.

With the start of another school year, Animal Control has shifted the emphasis of the Enhanced Patrol Program to schools and bus stops. On a weekly basis multiple animal control units are assigned to rendezvous at these sites not only for the purpose of enforcing animal control ordinances, but also, to increase public education regarding responsibility of dog ownership. Officers will be looking for violations of leash laws, aggressive behavior and licensing. Rabies vaccinations are recorded through pet licensing records. Forsyth County has had 13 confirmed cases of rabies in 2011. Because so many people live close to wildlife, it is important to keep dogs and cats vaccinated against rabies. Vaccinated pets act as a buffer between people and wild animals. Violations are punishable by fines of up to five hundred ($500.00) dollars.

For more information regarding the Enhanced Patrol or other department programs, please visit our website or contact the Forsyth County Animal Control Department at 336-703-2480.

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