New signs defining dog laws up at beach access points in Virginia Beach


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Gayle Johnson and the group Neighbors For a Safer Beach have worked to get signs up at the Oceanfront to better define dog laws that are already in place.

And now they’re vision is a reality.

Johnson says the signs are up at beach access points from 42nd Street to 89th Street.

10 On Your Side spoke with Johnson back in April before the signs were put up, she says since then the signs were in the process of getting made.

“It was just a matter of waiting, they were in the print shop before Memorial Day and then about a week ago I emailed my contact there and he said were getting ready to do it this week,” said Johnson.

She says nearby residents have wanted the signs up for a while, after a poodle named Petey was killed in 2015 by another dog on the beach.

She says the signs define a handful of rules that will keep dogs and their owners safe.

“Dogs can be off leash only on the beach, that doesn’t mean when you’re walking the dog to the beach,” she said.

Johnson says the owner has to maintain visual and vocal control.

“And then we further define that if you have control, your dog will come back every time you call them quickly,” she said.

She says this means dogs should also be kept away from other people and dogs unless they were invited over.

Since these signs are so new she says now it’s everyone’s part who know these rules to educate others.

Johnson says there will be training happening on the beach in September, if you’d like to know more:

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