Department of Public Health
The current Stanly County Animal Control ordinance was adopted by the Stanly County Commissioners on June 3, 2013. The information provided below gives an overview of administrative duties of Animal Control as well as highlights various sections of the current Stanly County Animal Control ordinance.
The Stanly County Animal Control ordinance is available in its entirety at:
W Where is the Animal Control shelter located?
(1037 Coble Avenue, Albemarle)
WhWhat are the animal shelters hours?
(Monday - Friday, 9:30am-4:00pm and Saturday, 10:00am-12:00pm. An Animal Control Officer is available for emergencies seven days a week - 24 hours a day.)
7. How do I contact Animal Control after regular working hours?
(An Animal Control Officer is available for emergencies seven days a week - 24 hours a day. After hours, leave a message on the answering machine 704-986-3881 or call 704-986-3700/Stanly County Communications.)
A Are dogs and cats the only animals you keep at the shelter?
I d I don’t want my pet anymore. Will you take him?
(Yes, you may drop off your pet dog or cat.)
W What do I do if I find a stray animal?
(You are required to notify Animal Control to pick up stray animals that show up at your house within 72 hours. If the temperament allows you may also bring the animal to Animal Control if it is convenient.)
What if I want to keep the stray animal I found?
(Keeping of stray animals is allowed, but with some conditions. Animal Control must be notified within 72 hours. This helps assist reuniting lost pets with their owners.)
WhWhat happens to the animals you pick up?
(Stray animals are held here for a minimum of 120 hours (under most circumstances) in order for the owners to have ample time to reclaim them. This 120 hour period does not include the day the animal comes in, weekends, or holidays. Owner surrender animals are placed in adoptable status and held if their attitude and temperament allows. Strays after fulfilling the hold period are held for possible adoption if they are acceptable. The local rescue league plays a tremendous part in placing animals.)
Ho How much does it cost to adopt a cat or dog from the shelter?
(All services are free of charge except adoption and reclaiming. Adoption charges are: dogs - $81.00 ($75.00 adoption fee and $6.00 for Stanly County tag) and cats - $80.00. To reclaim an animal, the charge is $75.00 if the dog or cat was picked up Monday - Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm, $75.00 if the dog or cat was picked up after hours, on the weekend or a holiday. To reclaim animals caught in a county trap - $75.00. To reclaim animals taken with a tranquilizing gun - $100.00. To reclaim an animal after the owner has been contacted and a 24 hour period has passed - reclaim fee plus $15.00/day. The fee for an animal bite confinement is $15.00/day. The fee for a full 10 day confinement is $150.00.)
WhWhen are your Rabies Clinics?
(They are held the last of April or first of May.)
Ho Does Animal Control adopt out animals?
(Yes, we have dog and cat adoptions)
WhWhere can I find out about the animals housed in the shelter?
(People are encouraged to come to the Animal Control shelter at 1037 Coble Avenue during business hours or click on www.petharbor.com to see animals currently housed at the shelter. The Stanly County Animal Shelter is listed under "Adoptable, Lost and Found Pets.")
Ho How does the Animal Control adoption process work?
(If an animal is deemed adoptable, an individual must review and sign the adoption agreement. The fee for cats is $80.00 and the fee for dogs is $75.00 which includes spaying or neutering, parvo and rabies vaccines, worming and a general physical by our participating vet. We deliver the animal on the morning of the surgery and the new owner picks it up from the vet in the afternoon. There is also a fee of $6.00 for the county tax tag if they are a Stanly County resident.)
What do I need to redeem my dog or cat that has been impounded by Animal Control?
An(Any person attempting to redeem an impounded animal must present sufficient proof to satisfy Shelter personnel of ownership of the animal. Evidence of ownership may include but is not limited to any of the following:
(1) License tag from another county;
(2) Rabies tag for the animal;
(3) Ownership documents, pedigree papers, bill of sale and any other document identifying the
person as owner of the animal;
(4) Photographs of the animal with the owner or other family members; or
(5) Affidavit from two people in the community stating that the animal has been seen in the
presence or possession of the person attempting to resume possession.
Any person attempting to redeem an animal on behalf of an owner shall present proof sufficient to satisfy Shelter personnel that he or she is acting as agent for the owner.
The owner of an impounded animal must pay all redemption fees, boarding fees and civil penalties assessed against the animal before it can be released from the shelter. Boarding fees begin 24 hours after notification.)
Pet Owner Responsibilities
WhWhen does my pet need its rabies vaccination?
(State law requires all dogs and cats 4 months or older to be vaccinated against rabies. The initial vaccine lasts for 1 year and each following is good for 3 years if given before the previous rabies vaccination expires. State Law requires that dogs always wear rabies tags. Rabies vaccination verification on cats and ferrets is to be kept readily available for Animal Control officer review as necessary.)
What do dog owners need to know about the Local Licensure of Dogs?
(The Animal Control ordinance requires Local Licensure of Dogs (County Tax Tag) for dogs and that dogs be included on annual county tax listing ($6 per dog). Dogs do not have to wear County Tax Tag if accompanied by its owner or is engaged in hunting or other sport in which the tag might endanger its safety. The dog owner would still have to provide the tag if requested by Animal Control. This should not be confused with the State Law requirement for dogs to always wear rabies tags.
There are two exemptions to Local Licensure of Dogs (County Tax Tag): 1) an approved rescue, foster or humane organization as long as they were seeking placement of the dog with a future owner, or 2) governmental owner of a dog used in an official capacity.)
What are the minimum standards for providing housing/shelter, feeding, and sanitation of pets?
(All animals shall be kept and treated under sanitary and humane conditions. The following gives an overview of shelter feeding, and sanitation requirements.
Shelter: All animals are required to be provided proper and adequate shelter from the weather at all times. A dog's enclosure is required to have at least four (4) sides, a roof (slanted and waterproof), and a floor that provides adequate protection from all the elements. The enclosure is to be large enough to allow the dog to freely and comfortably stand up and turn around, but small enough to enable the dog to retain body heat. If the house is made of wood, it is to be raised off the ground at least two (2) inches in order to prevent the rotting of the floor. The door is to be just large enough to allow the dog to enter easily. During warmer months, the dog is to be provided with shade from the sun. Shade may be provided via a tree or a tarp at a minimum.
The following methods of housing/sheltering animals are considered inadequate:
(1) underneath outside steps, decks and stoops; or
Feeding: All animals are to be provided wholesome foodstuff suitable for the species and age that is sufficient to maintain a healthful level of nutrition. All animals are to have access to a constant supply of clean, fresh water. Anytime the dog is outside, the water should be provided in a container secured in a manner to prevent spilling. During colder months, the outside containers of water are to be monitored to prevent freezing.
Sanitation: All shelters and the area surrounding the shelter are to be kept clean and sanitary at all times. Unacceptable unsanitary conditions includes limiting the accumulation of feces, urine, debris, plant overgrowth, and/or pest infestation within and/or around the area confining the animal. Clean, dry bedding, such as hay, straw, or cedar shavings, is to be provided. The bedding is to be changed as often as necessary to keep it sanitary.
1 Is there a leash law in Stanly County?
(Stanly County does not have a leash law, but we have an active restraint ordinance of dogs on property under three (3) acres. Restraints include:
(1) inside a secure enclosure that is size appropriate for the dog contained with sides of sufficient height and depth to prevent the animal from jumping, climbing or digging out of the enclosure; or
(2) inside the primary residence of the owner/harborer when on the owner’s/harborer’s property; or
(3) controlled by a leash of sufficient means to restrain the dog and under control of a competent person when outside a secure enclosure or home; or
(4) inside an area on the owner’s property secured by a functional, properly maintained electronic fencing device; or
(5) within the passenger area of a vehicle, restrained in a safe manner to prevent the dog from jumping over the sides or out of an open bed truck, or in a secure enclosure on a vehicle or trailer; or
(6) under the control of a licensed hunter while said dog is in the act of hunting or training for hunting as regulated by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission; or
(7) participating in an animal show, competition or field trial; or
(8) sufficiently near the owner or a competent handler on the owner’s property to be under his/her direct control while playing with or socializing with the dog and the dog is obedient to that person’s commands; or
(9) tethered by means of a size appropriate chain, cable or like device not less than 8 feet in length with swivel fasteners at both ends of the tether. Tethers shall be fastened to a collar (not choke or pinch collar) or harness on the dog and attached to a D-Ring on the collar or harness. It shall be unlawful to tether a dog in such a manner as to cause injury or pain, or not permit it to reach shelter, food and water.)
What are the active restraint rules for dogs on property three (3) acres or greater?
(Under these conditions, the dog does not have to be actively restrained by means of a fence, tether, or other secure enclosure if control can be maintained and the dog restricted to the owner’s property.
WhWhat are the "dangerous & potentially dangerous" dog requirements?
(A dangerous animal is defined as an animal that:
(a) without provocation has killed or inflicted severe injury on a person, or
(b) is determined by the Animal Control Department to be potentially dangerous because the animal has engaged in one or more of the behaviors listed in the definition of a potentially dangerous animal; or
(c) is owned or harbored primarily or in part for the purpose of fighting, or any animal trained for fighting.
A potentially dangerous animal is one that has been determined to have:
(a) inflicted a bite on a person that resulted in any of the following: broken bones, disfiguring
lacerations or injuries requiring cosmetic surgery, hospitalization, or other medical care.
(b) killed or inflicted severe injury upon a domestic animal, when not on the owner’s real property.
(c) approached a person (if the person was not trespassing on the owner’s property) in a vicious or
terrorizing manner in an apparent attitude of attack. (NCGS 67-4.1(2))
The Stanly County Animal Control ordinance has established requirements that address what the owner of a dangerous & potentially dangerous dog must do. These requirements include active restraint, micro-chipping for identification, liability insurance, warning signage on property and other restrictions to help insure the safety of residents and other pets. Specific guidelines can be accessed on the Stanly County Health Department website at http://health.co.stanly.nc.us/ under Article VIII - DANGEROUS ANIMAL OR POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS ANIMAL.
What animals are considered "inherently dangerous exotic animals" in the Animal control ordinance?
It is unlawful to own, possess, keep, or harbor an inherently dangerous exotic animal in Stanly County. This is effective December 3, 2013. An inherently dangerous exotic animal is an animal which falls within any of the following categories:
(1) a non-human primate;
(2) Canidae, including any member of the dog (Canid) family not customarily domesticated by man, or any hybrids thereof, including but not limited to wolves and wolf hybrids which are a cross between a wolf and a domestic dog, but not including domestic dogs (Canis familiaris);
(3) Felidae, including any member of the cat family weighing over fifteen (15) pounds not customarily domesticated by man, and any hybrids thereof, but not including domestic cats (Felis catus);
(4) Ursidae, including any member of the bear family, or any hybrids thereof;
(5) Venomous reptiles, insects, or arachnids not indigenous to Stanly County.
. What does the ordinance require regarding cats as a public nuisance?
(Any of the following qualifying act(s) or conditions described below are seen as evidence of a cat nuisance:
(a) gets into or turns over garbage pails; or
(b) walks on, sleeps on or scratches an automobile of another; or
(c) damages gardens or other foliage or other real or personal property; or
(d) is found on the property of another; or
(e) roams; or
(f) is maintained in an unsanitary condition so as to be offensive to sight or smell; or
(g) in estrus is not confined to a building or secure enclosure. )
Th The Stanly County Animal Control ordinance establishes a civil penalty stem for violation of the current ordinance. What are they?
(Some penalties include a graduated monetary fine system which results in repeat offenders facing more significant fines. The civil penalty system will assist with ordinance compliance and reduce dependency on the court system for enforcement except when absolutely necessary. Civil penalties shall be assessed on a per animal, per occurrence basis. The civil penalties are as follows:
Failure to Provide County Dog Tag $ 50.00
Failure to Wear Rabies Tag $ 50.00
Failure to Vaccinate $100.00
Failure to Notify, or Provide Information of a Bite $100.00
Manner of Keeping and Treating Animals $100.00
Failure to Give Notice of Injuring Animal $100.00
Failure to Give Notice of Injured Animal On Property $100.00
Unprovoked Dog Bite While Running at Large $500.00 plus at- large citation
Animals Running at Large
1st Time $50.00; 2nd Time $75.00; 3rd Time $100.00
4 or More Times: Court Proceedings
Failure to Confine Dog/Cat in Estrus $ 75.00
Animal Public Nuisance
1st Time $50.00; 2nd Time $75.00; 3rd Time $100.00
4 or More Times: Court proceedings
Dangerous Animal Violations $500.00
Violation of Inherently Dangerous Exotic
Animal Article $500.00 plus cost of seizure
Interference with Officer $500.00
Interference with Trap or Cage $100.00
Damage or Neglect to Dog Trap $250.00
Damage or Neglect to Cat Trap $150.00
Unspecified Violations of the Ordinance (Each) $ 50.00)
1 If a raccoon is on my property during the daytime what should I do?
(Call Animal Control, so the situation can be assessed. Animal Control can take the appropriate measures, if the animal in question is exhibiting abnormal behavior.)
Are horse owners required to provide shelter for their animals?
(State law does not require shelter for horses)
2 My neighbors’ dogs keep me up by their continual barking. What can I do?
(The Animal Control ordinances do not cover noise issues, however you may check with law enforcement for your area about local noise issues.)