Animal Control Laws


Beaufort County and North Carolina

NORTH CAROLINA ANIMAL CONTROL LAWS

    This is a look at some of North Carolina State Animal Control Laws.  It is not the entire list of laws.  Since laws change from time to time, if you have questions regarding any law or any part of a law,  you are encouraged to contact your local Animal Control Agency.
 


RABIES

130A-185. Vaccination of all dogs and cats.

    The owner of every dog and cat over four months of age shall have the animal vaccinated against rabies.  Rabies vaccination shall be administered only by a licensed veterinarian or by a certified rabies vaccinator.
 

130A-190. Rabies vaccination tags.

(New law is underlined)

    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. 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.  Except as otherwise authorized in this section, the fee shall not exceed the actual cost of the rabies tags, links and rivets, plus transportation costs.  The Secretary may increase the fee beyond the actual cost plus transportation, by an amount not to exceed five cents  per tag, to fund rabies education and prevention programs.
 

130A-193. Vaccination and confinement of dogs and cats brought into this State.

    (a)  A dogs 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.
    (b)  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.
 

130A-196.  Confinement of all biting dogs and cats; notice to local health director; reports by physicians.

    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.  After reviewing the circumstances of the particular case, the local health director may allow the owner to confine the animal on the owner's property.  An owner who fails to confine his animal in accordance with the instructions of the local health director shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00), imprisonment for six months, or both.  If the owner or the person who controls or possesses 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 know 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.

130A-197. Confinement.

    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 these part and the rules of the Commission more than three weeks prior to being bitten, and is given a dose of rabies vaccine within three days of the bite.
 

NEW LAW EFFECTIVE 08/16/97

130A-201.  Rabies Emergency.

    A local health director in whose county or district rabies is found in the wild animal population as evidence by a positive diagnosis of rabies in the past year in any wild animal, except a bet, may petition the State Health Director to declare a rabies emergency in the county or district.  In determining whether a rabies emergency exists, the State Health Director shall consult with the Public Health Veterinarian and the State Agriculture Veterinarian and my consult with any other source of veterinary expertise the State Health Director deems advisable.  Upon finding that a rabies emergency exists in a county or district, the State Health Director shall petition the Executive Director of the Wildlife Resources Commission to develop a plan pursuant to G. S. 113-291.2(a1) to reduce the threat of rabies exposure to humans and domestic animals by foxes, raccoons, skunks, or bobcats in the county or district.  Upon determination by the State Health Director that the rabies emergency no longer exists for a county or district, the State Health Director shall immediately notify the Executive Director of the Wildlife Resources Commission.


Owner Responsibility

67-2.  Permitting bitch at large.

    If any person owning or having any bitch shall knowingly permit her to run at large during the erotic stage of copulation he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and fined not exceeding fifty dollars ($50.00) or imprisoned not exceeding 30 days.
 

67-12.  Permitting dogs to run at large at night; penalty; liability for damage.

    No person shall allow his dog over six months old to run at large in the nighttime unaccompanied by the owner or by some member of the owner's family, or some other person by the owner's permission.  Any person intentionally, knowingly, and willfully violation this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction shall be fined not exceeding fifty dollars ($50.00) or imprisoned not exceed 30 days, and shall also be liable in damages to any person injured or suffering loss to his property or chattels.
 


Cruelty to Animals

14-84.  Animals subject to larceny.

    Any animal that is in a person's possession is the subject of larceny.
 

14-163.1.  Injuring or killing law enforcement agency animal.

    Any person who knows or has reason to know that an animal is used for law-enforcement purposes such as investigation, detection of narcotics or explosives, or crowd control, by any law-enforcement agency and who willfully and not in self defense, causes, serious injury to or kills that animal is guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined or imprisoned, or both, in the discretion of the court..
 

14-360.  Cruelty to animals; construction of section.

    If any person shall willfully overdrive, overload, wound, injure, torture, torment, deprive of necessary sustenance, cruelly beat, needlessly mutilate or kill or cause or procure to be overdriven, over loaded, wounded, injured, tortured, tormented, deprived of necessary sustenance, cruelly beaten, needlessly mutilated or killed s aforesaid, any useful beast, fowl or animal, every such offender shall for every such offense be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to one thousand dollars ($1,000) and imprisonment for up to one year.  In this section, and in every law which may be enacted relating to animals, the words "animal" and dumb animal" shall be held to include every living creature; the words "torture," "torment" or "cruelty" shall be held to include every act, omission or neglect whereby unjustifiable physical pain, suffering or death is caused or permitted.  Such terms shall not be construed to prohibit the lawful taking of animals under the jurisdiction and regulation of the Wildlife Resources Commission.
 

 14.361.  Instigating or promoting cruelty to animals.

    If any person shall willfully set on foot, or instigate, or move to , carry on, or promote, or engage in, or do any act towards the furtherance of any act of cruelty to any animal, he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to one thousand dollars ($1,000) and imprisonment for up to one year.
 

14-361.1.  Abandonment of animals.

    Any person being the owner or possessor, or having charge or custody of an animal, who willfully and without justifiable excuse abandons the animal is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to fine hundred dollars ($500) and imprisonment for up to six months.
 

14-362.  Cockfighting.

    A person who instigates, promotes, conducts, is employed at, allows property under his ownership or control to be used for, participates as a spectator at, or profits from an exhibition featuring the fighting of a cock is guilty of a misdemeanor and is punishable by imprisonment for up to six months and a fine of up to fine hundred dollars ($500).  A lease of property that is used or is intended to be used for an exhibition featuring the fighting of a cock is void, and a lessor who knows this use is made or is intended to be made of his property is under a duty to evict the lessee immediately.
 

Section 14-362.1 Reads as rewritten.  Changes underlined.  The changes become effective December 1, 1997

14-362.1.  Animal fights and baiting other than cock fights, dog fights and dog baiting.

    (a)  A person who instigates, promotes, conducts, is employed at, provides an animal for, allows property under his ownership or control to be used for, or profits from an exhibition featuring the fighting or baiting of an animal, other than a; cock or a dog, is guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor.  A lease of property that is used or intended to be used for an exhibition featuring the fighting or baiting of an animal, other than a; cock or a dog, is void and a lessor who knows this use is made or intended to b e made of his property is under a duty to evict the lessee immediately.
    (b)  A person who owns, possesses, or trains an animal, other than a; cock or a dog, with the intent that the animal be used in an exhibition featuring the fighting or baiting of that animal or any other animal is guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor.
    (c)  A person who participates as a spectator at an exhibition featuring the fighting or baiting of an animal, other than a; cock or a dog, is guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor.
    (d)  A person who commits an offense under subsection (a) within three years after being convicted of an offense under this section is guilty of a Class 1 felony.
    (e)  This section does not prohibit the lawful taking or training of animals under the jurisdiction and regulation of the Wildlife Resources Commission.
 

NEW LAW EFFECTIVE 12/01/97

14-362.2.  Dog fighting and baiting.

    (a)  A person who instigates, promotes, conducts, is employed at, provides a dog for, allows property under his ownership or control to be used for, gambles on, or profits from an exhibition featuring the fighting or baiting of a dog is guilty  of a Class H felony.  A lease of property that is used or in intended to be used for an exhibition featuring the fighting or baiting of a dog is void, and a lessor who knows this use is made or is intended to be made of his property is under duty to evict the lessee immediately.
    (b)  A person who owns, possesses, or trains a dog with the intent that the dog be used in a n exhibition featuring the fighting or baiting of that dog is guilty of a Class H felony.
    (c)  A person who participates as a spectator at an exhibition featuring the fighting or baiting of a dog is guilty of a Class H felony.
 

14-368.  Placing poisonous shrubs and vegetables in public places.

    If any person shall throw into or leave exposed in any public square, street, lane, alley or open lot in any city, town or village, or in any public road, any mock orange or other poisonous shrub, plant, tree or vegetable, he shall be liable in damages to any person injured thereby and shall also be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500), imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.
 

14-401.  Putting poisonous foodstuffs, etc., in certain public places, prohibited.

    It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation put or place any strychnine, other poisonous compounds or ground glass on any beef or other foodstuff of any kind in any public square, street, lane, alley or on any lot in any village, town or city or on any public road, open field, woods or yard in the country.  Any person, firm or corporation who violates the provisions of this section shall be liable in damages to the person injured thereby and also shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction shall be fined or imprisoned, at the discretion of the court.  This section shall not apply to the poisoning of insects or worms for the purpose of protecting crops or gardens by spraying plants, crops or trees nor to poisons used in rat extermination.
 

 
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