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Animal Control Complaints & Issues

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Nuisance Animals

Making a Nuisance Complaint

Cruelty Complaints & Concerns

Anonymous Reporting

Ordinances

Civil Penalties & Fees

 

Deer Hunting with Dogs Information

Please review this guide to information about Hunting Deer with Dogs in Northern Orange County, including rights, responsiblities and reporting.


 

Nuisance Animals

Animals falling under the Nuisance Animal Ordinance, include:

  • animals at large
  • doing property damage
  • barking
  • being outside “in heat.” 

Nuisance animals should be reported by jurisdiction using the following numbers:

  • Chapel Hill Town limits - (919) 942-PETS (7387)
  • Carrboro Town limits - (919) 918-7397
  • Remaining County - (919) 942-PETS (7387)
  • After hours: 911

 


 

Making a Nuisance Complaint

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For those making a complaint in Hillsborough or Unincorporated Orange County, include as much of the following information as possible:

  • type of animal
  • description of animal
  • location of animal
  • animal owner information, if known
  • nuisance behavior
  • date and time of nuisance behavior

 

Complaint Form

Nuisance Ordinance

 


 

Cruelty Complaints & Concerns

Suspected cases of animal cruelty should be reported at the following numbers:

  • Chapel Hill Town limits - (919) 942-PETS (7387)
  • Carrboro Town limits - (919) 883-8398
  • Remaining County - (919) 942-PETS (7387)

Investigators may ask for the following information:

  • type of animal
  • description of animal
  • location of animal
  • animal owner information, if known
  • type of suspected abuse or neglect
  • date and time of suspected abuse or neglect
  • other details as needed

Complaints of abuse and neglect will be investigated as to their validity. When appropriate, legal action is taken by formally charging the violator.

Legal Definitions for cruelty can be found in the NC State Animal Cruelty Statute and the Orange County Animal Ordinance.

 


 

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Anonymous Reporting

While anonymous reporting is allowed, Animal Services encourages the self-identification to ensure any investigation can perform necessary follow-up. However, complainants' names are considered public records, subject to disclosure to the public upon request. This may prompt some persons to prefer to submit cruelty complaints anonymously.

 

 


 

Ordinances

County Ordinance

The links below provide access to the Animal Control sections of the Code of Ordinances of Orange County.  They are not intended to serve as the official County Code for Orange County and may not include recent amendments to the County Code.  Current information is available from records in the County Clerk’s office in the official minutes of the Orange County Board of Commissioners.

Animal Control Ordinance

Ordinance Prohibiting the Display of Wild and Exotic Animals

Ordinance Prohibiting the Keeping of Wild Animals Dangerous to Persons and Property

 

Chapel Hill and Carrboro Town Ordinances

Orange County's Tethering Ordinance

 


 

Civil Penalties and Fees

These fees will only affect pet owners who violate county animal ordinances.

Violation Amounts are as follows:

Failure to Vaccinate (Rabies)

$200

Failure to License

$200

Mistreatment

$200

Public Nuisance Violations

$50, $100, $200, $300, $400

Failure to wear rabies tag

$50

Failure to permit kennel inspection

$25

Failure to wear rabies tag $50

 

Other Fees:  Out-of-county Surrender fee:  $50

The fees are designed to encourage responsible pet ownership and improve the safety of not only the animals, but the community as a whole.

 

Quick Links

 

Animal Services Facebook pageVisit us on Facebook

 

Find out what's happening with the Free Roaming Cat Task Force, a subcommittee of the Animal Services Advisory Board.

Find out all you need to know about Rabies in Orange County and beyond on our Rabies Page.

Orange County Giving Fund

Make a secure donation in a number of areas of care by visiting the Community Giving Fund page

 

mobile web page

We now have a Mobile Page, designed to help you view our site on your mobile device.  Click HERE to use it!

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Check out our Animal Cam to see animals in our Featured Pet Room 24 hours a day!

 


 

Upcoming Events

Livestock Rabies Meeting

Thursday, July 29th

The Orange County Animal Services Department is inviting livestock and equine owners to attend a Rabies Informational Meeting on Tuesday, July 29, from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Schley Grange Hall in Hillsborough.  The featured speaker will be Dr. Carol Woodlief, DVM, Regional Veterinarian for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.  Free and open to the public!

 

SNAP-NC Surgery Date

Friday, August 1st

SNAP-NC will be in the parking lot of the Animal Services Center for their regular schedule surgeries on Friday, August 1st.  To make an appointment with SNAP or to see other dates and locations, visit them online at http://www.snap-nc.org/

 

Spay/Neuter day

Wednesday, August 20th

We are partnering with SNAP-NC to offer free spay/neuter surgeries to the pets of qualifying Orange County residents on August 20th.  Households that receive services from the Orange County Department of Social Services or who qualify by their combined income may participate.  To see if you qualify, call 919-942-7387 extension 223 or 224.  Must register by August 8th!

 

2 For 1 Cat Special

April - October

Adopt 2 cats together and get the second for only $50 every year from April through October. Much research shows the advantages of adopting cats in pairs. See the perks yourself by taking advantage of our special today!!