Pet Owner Responsibilities

Carnes Crossroads residents are reminded that all pets must be kept on a leash at all times and pet owners are responsible for the clean up of their pets. Please see the below information from the City of Goose Creek website as well as information from the Carnes Crossroads Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions regarding leash laws and clean up for pet owners.

Below is information from the City of Goose Creek website:

Goose Creek residents are reminded that all pets must be kept on a leash at all times when they are anywhere in the city outside of their owner’s property. According to City Ordinance 90.04, it is “unlawful for any owner or custodian of any animal to permit the same to run-at-large at any time within the city.”

City law states that in addition to being on a leash, a dog must be obedient to its owner’s commands, and residents must pick up after their pets when outside of their own property.

Ordinance 90.14 states that “It shall be unlawful for any person owning, keeping or having custody or control of a dog or cat to fail to remove immediately the dog/cat’s excrement from any public or private property other than property owned or occupied by the person owning, keeping or having custody or control of the dog or cat. The provisions of this section shall not apply to seeing-eye dogs used by blind persons or to dogs used by police officers for law enforcement or tracking purposes.”

Penalty 10.99 states:

(A)   Whenever in this code or in any ordinance, resolution, rule, regulation or order promulgated by any agency or officer thereof under authority duly vested in him, her or it, any act is prohibited or is made or declared to be unlawful or an offense or misdemeanor, or the doing of any act is required, where no specific penalty is provided for the violation thereof, the violation of any provisions of this code, ordinance, resolution, rule, regulation or order shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $500 plus assessments required by the State of South Carolina or by imprisonment for a period not exceeding 30 days, or both.  No penalty shall exceed the penalty provided by state law for similar offenses.  Each day any violation of this code or any ordinance, rule or regulation shall continue shall constitute a separate offense.
   (B)   (1)   Whenever in this code or in any ordinance or resolution of the city, any act is prohibited or is made or declared to be unlawful or an offense, or whenever in the code, ordinance or resolution, the doing of any act required or the failure to do any act is declared to be unlawful, where no specific penalty is provided therefor, the violation of any such provision of this code or any ordinance, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $500 plus assessments required by the State of South Carolina or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 30 days. Each day any violation of any provision of this code or of any ordinance shall continue shall constitute a separate offense.
      (2)   In addition to the penalty herein above provided, any condition caused or permitted to exist in violation of any of the provisions of this code, or any such ordinance or resolution, shall be deemed a public nuisance and may be, by the city, abated as provided by law, and each day that the condition continues shall be regarded as a new and separate offense.

*Click here to go to the City of Goose Creek Ordinance 90.14 – Removal of dog and cat excrement being required.

Below is information from the Carnes Crossroards CC&R’s:

10.10 Animals and Pets. No animals, livestock, or poultry of any kind may be raised, bred, kept, or permitted on any Residential Unit, with the exception of dogs, cats, or other usual and common household pets in reasonable number, as determined by the Board. No animals shall be kept, bred or maintained for commercial purposes without prior written Board approval. All permitted pets shall be reasonably controlled by the owner whenever outside a dwelling and shall be kept in such a manner as to not become a nuisance by barking or other acts. The owners of the pet shall be responsible for all of the pet’s actions. Pets shall not be permitted in any lake, pond or other body of water, within any Adjacent Property except in compliance with conditions established by the owner of such Adjacent Property. If, in the sole opinion of the Board, any animal becomes dangerous or an annoyance or nuisance in the Properties or to nearby property or destructive of wildlife, such animal shall be removed from the Properties. By way of explanation and not limitation, this Section may be enforced by exercising self help rights provided in Section 4.3. This provision shall not be construed to interfere with any provision under the Americans with Disabilities Act or any similar applicable federal, state or local law, ordinance or regulation. Service animals in active use shall be permitted on the Properties. 

10.22 Adjacent Properties. Owners, Occupants and their pets shall refrain from any actions which would distract from the use of the Adjacent Properties. Such prohibited activities shall include, but shall not be limited to, burning materials where the smoke will cross an Adjacent Property, maintenance of dogs or other pets which interfere with use of Adjacent Properties due to their loud barking or other actions, or playing of loud radios, televisions, stereos or musical instruments, running, bicycling, skateboarding, walking or trespassing in any way on an Adjacent Property.

If you have any concerns about city laws regarding animals in general, including aggressive animals, please contact Officer D.T. Long with the City of Goose Creek Animal Control office at 843-863.5200 extension #2318.