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Ordinances & Regulations

As a public service, the Cumberland County Animal Control Department is providing the following information to advise you of changes to the County's Animal Control Ordinance (effective 1 October 2000).

Article II

Sec. 3-7: Injuring, Poisoning, or Trapping Animals Prohibited

  1. A person who accidentally or otherwise strikes an animal with an automobile and injures it shall promptly notify the Animal Control Department or any law enforcement agency having jurisdiction.
  2. No person shall knowingly expose or give to any animal any poisonous substance, whether mixed with food or not. This provision, however, does not apply to the eradication or population control of certain species of rodents.
  3. No person shall set or expose an open jaw type trap, leg hold trap, snare trap, or any type trap which would likely cause physical harm or injury to any animal. This provision shall not apply to persons who are licensed by the state to trap animals, to Animal Control Officers, or to persons using humane live capture traps.

Sec. 3-8: Diseased Animals, Injured or Sick Animals

  1. Every person owning or having any animal under his charge which he knows or suspects to be sick or injured shall isolate the animal from other animals and shall obtain or provide appropriate treatment for such animal within two business days or may have the animal humanely euthanized; or
  2. Any animal which comes into possession of the animal shelter which is terminally injured or sick may be humanely euthanized by the animal shelter personnel without waiting for the expiration of the period in which such animal may be reclaimed by its owner, or before the end of the period in which the animal may be placed for adoption. Provided, however, that before such sick or injured animal is euthanized, the animal shelter personnel shall contact the owner, if known, of such animal to determine the disposition of such animal. If the owner indicates that the animal will be reclaimed but fails to reclaim the animal within two business days of such notification, or if the owner of such animal is not known, the sick or injured animal shall be euthanized by the animal shelter personnel. The animal shelter supervisor shall keep a record of such animal, to include breed and sex of the animal, when the animal came into possession of the animal shelter, the type of injury or sickness of such animals, the date the animal was destroyed, and any other information relevant to the health, condition, and description of such animal.

Sec. 3-9: Property Owner May Impound Animal

  1. Any person who finds an animal on his property to his injury or annoyance may:       
    1. Take such animal to the animal shelter except that stray animals shall be handled as provided by law; or
    2. Retain possession of such animal or fowl and, within one business day, notify the Animal Control Department of this custody, giving a description of the animal and the owner's name, if known. The animal shall be moved from such property in such a manner so as not to cause injury to the animal.
  2. It shall be an offense for any person to knowingly and intentionally harbor, feed, or keep in possession by confinement or otherwise any stray animal which does not belong to him, unless he shall have within one business day from the time such animal came into his possession notified the Animal Control Department of his intention either to (1) surrender the animal to the animal shelter or (2) advertise for five (5) consecutive days such stay animal in the local newspaper with the greatest average daily circulation in the community. If the person possessing such stray animal elects to do so advertise and the owner thereof shall not have responded by the tenth (10) day after the date of first publication, the person so advertising shall be presumed the legal owner of such animal. If the advertisement shall not have been first published within seventy-two (72) hours after so notifying the Animal Control Department, that department shall require that such animal be surrendered to it and it shall be unlawful in such circumstance for any person to refuse to so surrender any such animal.

Sec. 3-10: Nuisance animals; complaint procedure for animals which disturb or are a nuisance

No person shall keep any animal which causes a nuisance as defined herein. Any violation of this section is declared to be a nuisance and as such may be abated by any Animal Control Officer after written notice to the owner and the owner's failure to remedy the same within three (3) business days. This remedy of abatement shall be in addition to any other remedy set forth in this ordinance.

Sec. 3-11: Animal Fighting Prohibited

No person shall permit or conduct any dog fights, cock fights, or other combat between animals, or between animal and human. The Animal Control Director shall levy a fine of $1,000 per animal for violation of this section and shall confiscate any animals kept for or involved in such fighting.

Sec. 3-12: Keeping of Wild or Exotic Animals

  1. For the purpose of this section, a wild or exotic animal means an animal which is usually not a domestic animal and which can normally be found in the wild state, or which has not been deemed by the State Veterinarian to have an established rabies quarantine period, including, but not limited to, lions, tigers, leopards, panthers, wolves, foxes, lynxes, or any hybrid of like animals, alligators, crocodiles, apes, foxes, elephants, rhinoceroses, bears, all forms of poisonous snakes, raccoons, skunks, monkeys, bats, and like animals.
  2. It is unlawful to keep or harbor or breed or sell or trade any wild or exotic animal as a pet, for display or for exhibition purposes, whether gratuitously or for a fee, except as may be licensed by the state Wildlife Resources Department under its regulations pertaining to wildlife rehabilitators.
  3. This section shall not apply to circuses that perform in Cumberland County for not more than seven (7) days. If a circus is scheduled to be in Cumberland County for more than seven (7) days, then the circus may apply to the Animal Control Director for an extension permit for a period not to exceed an additional seven (7) days, on such terms as the Animal Control Director shall determine will protect the public health, safety and welfare.
  4. The penalty for a violation of this Section 3-12 shall be a $1,000 fine. Upon receiving a citation or notice of violation for violation of this section, the owner or possessor of any such animal shall remove it from Cumberland County within thirty (30) days. Failure to remove such animal after such citation or notice of violation shall have been served shall subject the owner or possessor to a $500 fine for each subsequent day of violation after such thirty (30) day period, and the Animal Control Department shall be authorized to obtain an administrative search warrant, to seize any such animal(s), and remove it or them from Cumberland County. The owner or possessor shall be liable to the County for reimbursement of any expenses incurred by the County in enforcing this section by causing such animal(s) to be removed from Cumberland County.

Sec. 3-13: Vaccination Required; Certificate of Vaccination

  1. No person shall own, keep or harbor any dog or cat unless such dog or cat four (4) months of age or older is vaccinated for rabies by a licensed veterinarian.
  2. Every dog or cat that is adopted from the animal shelter shall be vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian.

Sec. 3-14: Tag and Collar Required; Removal, Nontransferable, Inspection, Offense

  1. The owners of all dogs and cats four (4) months of age or older shall have the dogs or cats vaccinated against rabies with an approved vaccine administered by a licensed veterinarian. The veterinarian shall issue the owner of the animal a vaccination certificate, and such owner shall retain such certificate until the vaccination is renewed. At the time of the vaccination, a metal tag shall be issued by the veterinarian showing the information required by G.S. 130A-190.
  2. Every owner of a dog or cat shall affix the tag issued by a licensed veterinarian for rabies vaccination to a collar to be worn by the dog or cat at all times while off its owner's premises. It shall be unlawful for any person other than the owner to remove the collar from the dog or cat.
  3. No person shall use a rabies tag or veterinarian certificate or receipt for any dog or cat other than for that dog or cat to which the rabies tag, veterinarian certificate, or receipt was issued.
  4. Any Animal Control Officer or any law enforcement officer may at any reasonable time require an owner to provide proof of rabies vaccination for any animals required so to be vaccinated. Any owner not possessing a current rabies tag, certificate, or receipt for such dog or cat over four (4) months of age may be cited by the Animal Control Officer or law enforcement officer.

Sec. 3-15: Control of Animals Required, At Large, Estrays, Confinement In Season

  1. It is unlawful for any owner or person to:       
    1. Perform, do or carry out any inhumane or cruel treatment against any animal;
    2. Keep, possess, own, control, maintain, use or otherwise exercise dominion over any animal or animals which by reason of noise, odor or sanitary conditions become offensive to a reasonable and prudent person of ordinary tastes and sensibilities, or which constitute or become a health hazard as determined by the Animal Control Director, the Inspections Director or the Cumberland County Environmental Health Supervisor, as appropriate; or
    3. Permit or negligently allow any domestic animal or livestock to run at large. Any such animal found running at large shall be either:           
      1. Impounded by an Animal Control Officer; such animal shall be kept at the animal shelter and may be reclaimed as provided in this chapter; or
      2. In the discretion of the Animal Control Officer, an animal found at large which is licensed by the county and vaccinated for rabies, except a vicious, dangerous dog or a potentially dangerous dog, as those terms are defined in this chapter, may be released, to the custody of the owner. Provided, further, before the animal is released, the owner or a competent person shall agree to and shall sign a release holding the county harmless and assuming full responsibility, at no cost to the county, its officials, agents, or employees, for the complete and humane care, feeding, and housing of such an animal.
  2. No impounded animal shall be returned to its owner until any applicable animal impoundment and boarding, vaccination, and any penalties are paid.
  3. Stray animals shall be treated in the manner provided in this chapter.
  4. Every female dog or cat in season (heat) shall be kept confined in such a manner that such female dog or cat cannot come in contact with other animals, except for controlled breeding purposes. Female animals picked up by the Animal Control Department which are in season (heat) shall be kept separate from male animals at all times.

Sec. 3-16: Running At Large; Owners Cited

Any dog or cat that is not confined as provided in this chapter, and not under the actual physical control or restraint of its owner, leaseholder, or keeper, shall be presumed to be running at large. Any Animal Control Officer shall impound such animal at the animal shelter. It shall be a violation of this ordinance for any dog or cat running at large off its owner's or keeper's property to bite any person so as to break such person's skin. A first offense shall subject such owner or keeper to a civil penalty of $250.00. A second offense shall subject such owner or keeper to a civil penalty of $500.00. A third offense shall subject such owner or keeper to a civil penalty of $1,000.00.

Sec. 3-21: Keeping of Animals; Mistreatment, Abandonment Prohibited; Care; Restraining of Dogs; Exercise Area for Dogs

  1. All dogs, cats and other small animals kept as house pets shall be housed, fed and protected from the weather in such a manner as not to create a nuisance.
  2. No person shall willfully or negligently:       
    1. Torture, cruelly beat, injure, maim, mutilate or without good cause destroy or kill any animal belonging to himself or to another;
    2. Deprive any animal of food, drink, or shelter;
    3. Without good cause administer any poison or noxious drug or substance to any animal;
    4. Without good cause expose any drug or substance with the intent that the same shall be taken by an animal, whether such animal be the property of that owner or another person; or
    5. Cause any other person to do any of the above acts.
  3. If an animal is found by any Animal Control Officer to be in one of the above-described conditions, the officer may issue a notice of violation to the offender and if he does not, shall issue a notice to the offender warning him that if the animal's condition is not corrected, a citation will be issued. If the Animal Control Officer determines that a confined animal's life is in immediate danger or has been abandoned, the Animal Control Officer shall seize such animal if such seizure is not prohibited by applicable law. The Animal Control Officer shall leave a notice for the owner advising why the animal has been seized, where the animal has been taken, and shall issue a notice of violation to the owner. Upon issuance of a citation, the penalty for a violation of this section, shall be One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) for a first violation or for a violation more than twelve (12) months after a previous violation. For subsequent violations within twelve-months of a previous violation, the penalty shall be Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($250.00) for a second violation, and Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) for a third or subsequent violation within a twelve-month period of the first violation.
  4. No dog, cat, or other small animal shall be confined within or on a motor vehicle under such conditions as may endanger the health or well-being of the animal, including, but not limited to, dangerous temperature, lack of food or water.
  5. No person shall abandon or cause to be abandoned any dog, cat, or any other type of animal.
  6. Owners and keepers of dogs, cats, and other small animals shall provide food, shelter, and medical attention to such animals, including, but not limited to, the following:       
    1. Sufficient wholesome food that is nutritious for the species;
    2. Fresh, potable drinking water;
    3. Medical attention to relieve such animals from suffering;
    4. Provide shade from the sun; and
    5. Shelter to allow the animal to remain dry and protected from the elements. Such shelter shall be fully enclosed on three (3) sides, roofed, and have a solid floor. The entrance to the shelter shall be flexible to allow the animal's entry and exit, and sturdy enough to block entry of wind or rain. The shelter shall be small enough to retain the animal's body heat and large enough to allow the animal to stand and turn comfortably. The enclosure shall be structurally sound and in good repair.
  7. In addition to the foregoing provisions of this section, it shall be unlawful and constitute a public nuisance for any person to (1) willfully or maliciously overdrive, overload, torture, destroy or kill, or cruelly beat or injure, maim or mutilate, any animal in subjugation or captivity, whether wild or tame, and whether belonging to himself or to another, or (2) deprive any such animal of necessary food, drink or shelter; or (3) cause, procure or permit any such animal to be so overdriven, overloaded, tortured, destroyed or killed, or cruelly beaten or injured, maimed or mutilated, or deprived of necessary food, drink or shelter; or (4) willfully initiate, instigate, engage in, or in any way further any act of cruelty to any animal, or any act tending to produce such cruelty. Any law enforcement officer or Animal Control Officer finding an animal so maltreated or abused shall impound the animal, and the charges shall be assessed against the violator as a cost of abatement.
  8. No person shall, at any time, fasten, chain, or tie any dog or cause such dog to be fastened, chained, or tied, in such a manner as to cause or threaten to cause injury to such dog, while such dog is on the dog owner's property or on the property of the dog owner's landlord, unless authorized by an Animal Control Officer or the Animal Control Director, which authorization shall only be granted for good cause and shall not be permanent.
  9. No person shall permit a dog owned by such person or under the custody of such person to be off that person's property or leased premises unless such dog is restrained by a leash. Such leash shall be used to control the dog and to prevent the dog from running at large.
  10. Any dog confined within a fenced yard or run must have an adequate space for exercise. Provided, further that where dogs are kept or housed on property without a fenced yard and such dogs are kept in an enclosure or run, such enclosure or run shall provide adequate space for exercise. Such an enclosure shall be constructed of chain link or similar type materials with all four sides enclosed. The enclosure shall be of sufficient height to prevent the dog from escaping from such enclosure. The top of such enclosure shall be sufficiently covered to provide the dog with adequate shade and protection from the elements.

Sec. 3-35(F): Rabies Vaccination Required

  1. All dogs and cats 4 months of age and above must be vaccinated against Rabies by a licensed Veterinarian. The Rabies vaccinations must be kept up to date. In North Carolina, the first Rabies vaccination for a dog or cat expires after 1 year and animals must receive a booster Rabies vaccination which is then valid for 3 years. The owner/keeper of an unvaccinated dog or cat is subject to a minimum fine of $100.00.

Sec. 3-35(J): Rabies Vaccination Tags Must Be Worn by Dogs and Cats

  1. All vaccinated dogs and cats must wear Rabies Vaccination tags at all times. If your pet gets lost, the owner can be traced if the pet is wearing a tag. Without tags, we cannot contact the owners of lost pets. Violation is punishable by a minimum fine of $100.00.

Article VI. Licensing of Dogs and Cats

Sec. 3-58: License for Dogs and Cats

  1. It shall be unlawful for any person to own, possess or have under his control three (3) or less dogs or cats, or any combination thereof, over four (4) months of age, without obtaining an annual privilege license for each such animal from the Cumberland County Tax Administrator. Every person owning, possessing or having under their control any dog or cat shall properly list such dog or cat annually with the Cumberland County Tax Administrator during the period January 1 through January 31. Before February 1 in each year, each such animal shall be listed with and the appropriate license obtained from the Cumberland County Tax Administrator. Failure to list as provided herein shall be a violation of this ordinance and shall subject the offender to a civil penalty in the amount of $100.00 per dog or cat not listed annually as provided herein. Each privilege license issued shall cover the period January 1 through December 31 each year. The Tax Administrator may delegate authority to issue such licenses to the Animal Control Department or to licensed veterinarians within the County duly registered for such purpose with the Tax Administrator upon such terms and conditions, including payment of a processing fee, as he deems advisable.
  2. It shall be unlawful for any person to own four (4) or more but not more than seven (7) dogs or cats, or any combination thereof, over four (4 ) months of age without paying the annual fee as provided in the fee schedule adopted from time to time by the Board of Commissioners. Each privilege license issued shall cover the period January 1 through December 31 each year.
  3. It shall be unlawful for any person to own eight (8) or more dogs or cats, or any combination thereof, over four (4 ) months of age without paying the annual fee as provided in the fee schedule adopted from time to time by the Board of Commissioners. Each privilege license issued shall cover the period January 1 through December 31 each year.

Sec. 3-59: Terms of License; Exemption

  1. The license issued under this article shall be renewed every year, upon proof of rabies vaccination.
  2. County residents who are sixty-five (65) years of age or older may obtain a permanent license for up to three cats or dogs at no cost.

Sec. 3-61: Fastening of Tags to Collar or Harness

Each person who owns or maintains a dog or cat that is primarily kept, kenneled or otherwise located in the county shall affix to such dog or cat the following identification:

  1. A durable tag securely affixed to a collar or harness which is securely buckled or otherwise securely joined so that it cannot be removed unless unbuckled or unjoined; the tag shall contain the name and address of the owner of the dog or cat or a number registered with the Animal Control Department; or
  2. A legible tattoo permanently imprinted into the skin of the dog or cat at a place on the animal's body that is not obscured by hair; the tattoo shall consist of the number of the permanent North Carolina driver's license held by the owner of the dog or cat or number registered with the Animal Control Department, or
  3. An implanted computer chip capable of being scanned by a chip reader.

Article IX. Miscellaneous

Sec. 3-86: Disposition of Dead Animals

The owner of any animal dying from any cause within the jurisdiction of the county shall cause the same to promptly be buried in a sanitary manner within 24 hours after such owner has knowledge of such death.

The following is the North Carolina Rabies Law, General Statutes of North Carolina, Chapter 130A (As amended by 1988 General Assembly)

G.S. 130A-184. Definitions. -- The following definitions shall apply throughout this part:

Animal Control Officer
A city or county employee designated as a dog warden, animal control officer, animal control official or other designations that may be used whose responsibility includes animal control.
Cat
A domestic feline.
Certified rabies vaccinator
A person appointed and certified to administer rabies vaccine to animals in accordance with this Part.
Dog
A domestic canine.
Rabies vaccine
An animal rabies vaccine licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture and approved for use in this State by the Commission.
State Public Health Veterinarian
A person appointed by the Secretary to direct the State public health veterinary program.
Vaccination
The administration of rabies vaccine by a licensed veterinarian or by a certified rabies vaccinator.
G.S. 130A-185. Vaccination of all dogs and cats
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(a) The owner of every dog and cat over four (4) months of age shall have the animal vaccinated against rabies. The time or times of vaccination shall be established by the Commission. Rabies vaccine shall be administered only by a licensed veterinarian or by a certified rabies vaccinator.
      (b) Only animal rabies vaccine licensed by the United State Department of Agriculture and approved by the Commission shall be used on animals in this State.
G.S. 130A-186. Appointment and certification of certified rabies vaccinator
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In areas where licensed veterinarians are not available to participate in all scheduled county rabies control clinics, the local health director shall appoint one or more persons for the purpose of administering rabies vaccine to animals in that county. Whether of not licensed veterinarians are available, the local health director may appoint one or more persons for the purpose of administering rabies vaccine to animals in their county and these persons will make themselves available to participate in the county rabies control program. The State Public Health Veterinarian shall provide at least four hours of training to those persons appointed by the local health director to administer rabies vaccine. Upon satisfactory completion of the training, the State Public Health Veterinarian shall certify in writing that the appointee has demonstrated a knowledge and procedure acceptable for the administration of rabies vaccine to animals. A certified rabies vaccinator shall be authorized to administer rabies vaccine to animals in the county until the appointment by the local health director has been terminated.
G.S. 130A-187. County rabies vaccination clinics
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The local health director shall organize or assist departments to organize at least one countywide rabies vaccination clinic per year for the purpose of vaccinating dogs and cats. Public notice of the time and place of rabies vaccination clinics shall be published in a newspaper having general circulation within the area.
G.S. 130A-188. Fee for vaccination at county rabies vaccination clinics
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The County Board of Commissioners is authorized to establish a fee to be charged at the county rabies vaccination clinics. The fee includes an administrative charge not to exceed four dollars ($4.00) per vaccination, and a charge for the actual cost of the vaccine, the vaccination certificate, and the rabies vaccination tag.
G.S. 130A-189. Rabies vaccination certificates
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A licensed veterinarian or a certified rabies vaccinator who administers rabies vaccine to a dog or cat shall complete a three-copy rabies vaccination certificate. The original rabies vaccination certificate shall be given to the owner of each dog or cat that receives rabies vaccine. One copy of the rabies vaccination certificate shall be retained by the licensed veterinarian or the certified rabies vaccinator. The other copy shall be given to the county agency responsible for animal control.
G.S. 130A-190. Rabies vaccination tags
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A licensed veterinarian or a certified rabies vaccinator who administers rabies vaccine to a dog or cat shall issue a rabies vaccination tag to the owner of the animal. The rabies vaccination tag shall show the year issued, a vaccination number, the words "North Carolina" or the initials "N.C." and the words "rabies vaccine." Dogs and cats shall wear rabies vaccination tags at all times. However, cats may be exempted from wearing the tags by local ordinance. Rabies vaccination tags, links and rivets may be obtained from the Department. The Secretary is authorized to establish by rule a fee for the rabies tags, links and rivets. The fee shall not exceed the actual cost of the rabies tag, links and rivets, plus transportation cost.
G.S. 130A-191. Possession and distribution of rabies vaccine
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It shall be unlawful for persons other than licensed veterinarians, certified rabies vaccinators and persons engaged in the distribution of rabies vaccine to possess rabies vaccine. Persons engaged in the distribution of vaccines may distribute, sell, and offer to sell rabies vaccine only to licensed veterinarians and certified rabies vaccinators.
G.S. 130A-192. Dogs and cats not wearing required rabies vaccination tags
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The Animal Control Officer shall canvass the county to determine if there are any dogs or cats not wearing the required rabies vaccination tag. If a dog or cat is found not wearing the required tag, the Animal Control Officer shall check to see if the owner's identification can be found on the animal. If the animal is wearing an owner identification tag, or if the Animal Control Officer otherwise knows who the owner is, the Animal Control Officer Shall notify the owner in writing to have the animal vaccinated against rabies and to produce the required rabies vaccination certificate to the Animal Control Officer within three days of the notification. If the animal is not wearing an owner identification tag and the Animal Control Officer does not otherwise know who the owner is, the Animal Control Officer may impound the animal. The duration of the impoundment of these animals shall be established by the county board of commissioners, but the duration shall not be less than 72 hours. During the impoundment period, the Animal Control Officer shall make a reasonable effort to locate the owner of the animal. If the animal is not reclaimed by its owner during the impoundment period, the animal shall be disposed of in one of the following manners: returned to the owner; adopted as a pet by a new owner; sold to institutions within this State registered by the United States Department of Agriculture pursuant to the Federal Animal Welfare Act, as amended; or put to death by a procedure approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Humane Society of the United states or of the American Humane Association. The Animal Control Officer shall maintain a record of all animals impounded under this section which shall include the date of impoundment the length of impoundment, the method of disposal of the animal, and the name of the person or institution to whom any animal has been released.
G.S. 130A-193. Vaccination and confinement of dogs and cats brought into this state
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  1. A dog or cat brought into this State shall immediately be securely confined and shall be vaccinated against rabies within one week after entry. The animal shall remain confined for two weeks after vaccination.
  2. The provisions of subsection (a) shall not apply to:           
    1. A dog or cat brought into this State for exhibition purposes if the animal is confined and not permitted to run at large; or
    2. A dog or cat brought into this State accompanied by a certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian showing that the dog or cat is apparently free from and has not been exposed to rabies and that the dog or cat has received rabies vaccine within the past year.
G.S. 130A-194. Quarantine of districts infected with rabies
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An area may be declared under quarantine against rabies by the local health director when the disease exists to the extent that the lives of persons are endangered. When quarantine is declared, each dog and cat in the area shall be confined on the premises of the owner or in a veterinary hospital. However, dogs or cats on a leash or under the control and in the sight of a responsible adult may be permitted to leave the premises of the owner or the veterinary hospital.
G.S. 130A-195. Destroying stray dogs and cats in quarantine districts
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When quarantine has been declared and dogs and cats continue to run uncontrolled in the area, any peace officer or Animal Control Officer shall have the right, after reasonable effort has been made to apprehend the animals, to destroy the uncontrolled dogs and cats and properly dispose of their bodies.
G.S. 130A-196. Confinement of all biting dogs and cats: notice to local health director; reports by physicians
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When a person has been bitten by a dog or cat, the person or parent, guardian or person standing in loco parentis of the person, and the person owning the animal or in control or possession of the animal shall notify the local health director immediately and give the name and address of the person bitten and the owner of the animal. All dogs and cats that bite a person shall be immediately confined for 10 days in a place designated by the local health director. If the owner or the person who controls or possess a dog or cat that has bitten a person refuses to confine the animal as required by this section, the local health director may order seizure of the animal and its confinement for 10 days at the expense of the owner. A physician who attends a person bitten by an animal known to be a potential carrier of rabies shall report within 24-hours to the local health director the name, age, and sex of that person.
G.S. 130A-197. Infected dogs and cats to be destroyed; protection of vaccinated dogs and cats
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A dog or cat bitten by a proven rabid animal or animal suspected of having rabies that is not available for laboratory diagnosis shall be destroyed immediately by its owner, the county Animal Control Officer or a peace officer unless the dog or cat has been vaccinated against rabies in accordance with this Part and the rules of the Commission more than three weeks prior to being bitten, and is given a booster dose of rabies vaccine within three days of the bite.
G.S. 130A-198. Confinement
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A person who owns or has possession of an animal which is suspected of having rabies shall immediately notify the local health director or county Animal Control Officer and shall securely confine the animal in a place designated by the local health director. Dogs and cats shall be confined for a period of 10 days. Other animals may be destroyed at the discretion of the State Public Health Veterinarian.
G.S. 130A-199. Rabid animals to be destroyed: heads to be sent to State Laboratory of Public Health
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An animal diagnosed as having rabies by a licensed veterinarian shall be destroyed and its head sent to the State Laboratory of Public Health. The heads of all dogs and cats that die during the 10-day confinement period required by G.S. 130A-196, shall be immediately sent to the State Laboratory of Public Health for rabies diagnosis.
G.S. 130A-200. Confinement or leashing of vicious animals
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A local health director may declare an animal to be vicious and a menace to the public health when the animal has attached a person causing bodily harm without being teased, molested provoked, beaten, tortured, or otherwise harmed. When an animal has been declared vicious and a menace to the public health, the local health director shall order the animal to be confined to its owner's property. However, the animal may be permitted to leave its owner's property when accompanied by a responsible adult and restrained on a leash.
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