ARTICLE 13
               ORDINANCE REGULATING THE KEEPING OF ANIMALS
                      WITHIN THE TOWN LIMITS OF HOLLY RIDGE


BE IT ORDAINED, by the Town of Holly Ridge Town Council, that the following ordinance regulating the keeping of
animals within the corporate limits of the Town of Holly Ridge is hereby adopted pursuant to authority granted by the
North Carolina General Statues and shall apply to all incorporated areas within the boundaries of the Town of Holly
Ridge.





SECTION 1. DEFINITIONS

     A. For the purpose of this ordinance the term “animal” shall encompass horses, goats, mules, cows, hogs, sheep,
ponies, donkeys, fowl, or any offspring of the above. This shall also specifically include snakes of any and all sizes.

     B. House, Keep, or Maintain: For the purpose of this ordinance the term or phrase “house, keep or maintain” shall
mean the permanent or temporary keeping, maintaining, holding, securing, feeding, caring for, sheltering, or
otherwise having custody of any kind and all subject animal or reptile for any purpose and under any circumstances
unless same is caged or otherwise confined in a trailer or other moveable type storage container when said container
or trailer is affixed to a motor vehicle when said animal or reptile to a point other than one within the Town limits of
Holly Ridge.

     C. For the purpose of this ordinance the term “fowl” shall mean a bird of any kind. A cock or hen of the domestic
chicken, an adult hen. Any of several of domesticated or wild gallinaceous birds.


SECTION 2.  VIOLATION TO HOUSE, KEEP, OR MAINTAIN:

     No person, agent or employee thereof shall house, keep or maintain or permit any other person to house, keep or
maintain any animal as defined in this ordinance, within the boundaries of the Town of Holly Ridge, as same may be
amended from time to time.


SECTION 3. SEVERABILITY:

     If any provision to this ordinance or the application thereof to any person or circumstances is held to invalid, such
invalidity shall not effect the other provisions or applications of this ordinance which can be given effect without the
invalid provision or application and to this end the provisions of this ordinances are declared to be severable.


SECTION 4. PENALTIES

     Any person, firm or corporation conviced of a violation of this ordinance shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall
upon conviction be punished in addition go any other remedy by a fine or not more than fifty dollars ($50.00) or by
imprisionment of not more than thirty (30) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Each continuing day of
violation shall constitute a separate offense. As an alternative, or additional penalty, a court may direct the removal of
the animals from the Town limits of Holly Ridge.



SECTION 5. CONFLICTING ORDINANCES REPEALED

     All ordinances and/or regulations or parts of ordinances and/or regulations in conflict with this ordinance are
repealed only to the extent necessary to give this ordinance full force and effect.


SECTION 6. EFFECTIVE DATE

This amendement to this ordinance will become effective immediately after adoption.
Orginially adopted the 5th day of June, 1984.
     Amended this 10th day of April, 2007.
     Holly Ridge Town Council




                                            
                             
             


                     



                                ANIMAL CONTROL ORDINANCE
                                            ARTICLE 13-1


                             
BE IT ORDAINED, by the Holly Ridge Town Council that the following ordinance be adopted regulation the keeping of
dogs within the Town of Holly Ridge.

SECTION 1.        DEFINITIONS

In the construction of this article, the following definitions shall be observed:

Animal: Living creature, domestic or non-domestic, but does not include humans and does not include invertebrates

Animal Control Officer: Any animal control officer employed by the jurisdiction

Animal Control Supervisor: The officer or employee placed in supervision of animal control. In Onslow County the
animal control supervisor shall report the Environmental Health Director.

Animal Shelter: The animal shelter operated and maintained by Onslow County for the purpose of impounding animals
under the authority of the chapter or the General Statues of North Carolina for the care, confinement, return to owner,
adoption, or humane euthanasia (G.S. 153A-442)

Cat: A domestic or feral feline of either sex.

Dog: A domestic canine of either sex.

Harboring of Animal: An animal shall be deemed to be harbored if it is fed or sheltered seven days or more, unless the
animal is being boarded for a fee.

Impounded: Any animal which is received into custody by the Onslow County Animal Shelter.

Incorporated Area: This term shall apply to the area within the corporate limits of any town or municipality within
Onslow County if the governing body of such town or municipality adopts a resolution indicating that it is to be treated
as an incorporated area under this chapter.

Neutered Male: Any male dog or cat which has been rendered sterile by a surgical procedure.

Owner: Any person, group of persons, firm, partnership, corporation, organization, or association owning, keeping,
having, charge of, sheltering, feeding, harboring, or boarded any animal for a fee. The owner is responsible for the
care, actions and behavior of his animal(s).

Spayed Female: A female dog or cat which has be rendered sterile by a surgical procedure.
Stray: Any domestic animal that is not under restraint or is not on the property of its owner and is wandering at large,
or is lost or does not have an owner, or does not bear evidence of the identification of any owner.

Vaccination: The administration of rabies vaccine as required by State Law.

Wild Animal: Any animal which can normally be found in the wild state, particularly those feral, exotic, dangerous or
non-domestic animals which generally do not live in or about the habitation of humans, including, but not limited to,
deer lions, monkeys, raccoons, skunks, squirrels, tigers, and snakes.


SECTION 2.  TERRITORIAL APPLICATION

This Chapter shall be effective within the un-incorporated areas of  Onslow County and within all municipalities and
Townships which have a standing resolution or ordinance adopting this county ordinances.

SECTION 3.    DUTIES OF ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER

(a)  The animal control officer shall be responsible for the enforcement within respective jurisdictions of all state and
local laws pertaining to the ownership and control of animals and shall cooperate with all other law enforcement
officers operating within there jurisdiction in fulfilling this responsibility.

(b) The animal control officer shall also serve as Rabies Control officer. He will implement and enforce the provisions
of the state rabies law, including but not limited to the following activities.

     (1) Collect and impound stray animals.
     (2) Canvass area of the county for vaccination of dogs/cats. (G.S. 130A-192)
     (3) Assist practicing veterinarians in the county for vaccination of dog/cats. (G.S.          130A-192)
     (4) Maintain the animal shelter, including records of impounded, destroyed,         reclaimed and adopted animals
(G.S. 130A-192)
     (5) Provide at the end of each day, upon request, a list containing complete descriptions of all animals impounded.
     (6) Investigate reports of animal bites to determine, whether based on the findings, confinement or isolation days
of observation. (G.S. 130A-196)
     (7) Investigate reports of animal cruelty or abuse. (Ref. G.S. 67-1 et seq)


SECTION 4.   ANIMAL SHELTER

(a) The Onslow County Health Department shall maintain the County Animal Shelter for the purpose of impounding
lost, strayed, abandoned or unwanted animals within the County.
These animals are to be held a minimum of five (5) days, unless for specific health reasons the Onslow County Health
Director determines it should be reduced to three (3) days which is the minimum allowed by State Law. The Animal
Control Office will use every reasonable effort to locate and inform the owners of these animals. (G.S. 130A-1920)

(b) The Animal Shelter may be used for the confinement if an animal following a biting incident or when it becomes
vicious or a menace to the public health and the owner does not have a secure place, which is defined by the Health
Director. The animal will be quarantined for the appropriate time of observation. (G.S. 130A-196 & 153A-442)

SECTION 5.   INTERFERENCE OR CONCEALMENT

(a) Interference. It shall be unlawful to interfere with, hinder, molest, resist, or obstruct employees of animal control or
its agents or veterinarians in the performance of any duty authorized by law or ordinance, including removing animals
from traps, cages, or other enclosures, except as specifically provided or authorized by Animal Control.

(b) Concealment of animal. It shall be unlawful for any person to conceal, for the purpose of evading the licensing
requirement or rabies vaccination requirement of the law or any applicable ordinance, any unlicensed animal from any
employee of Animal Control.

SECTION 6.  DUTY OF OWNER TO CONTROL ANIMALS

     All animals within the city/county shall remain under the immediate control of their owner or keeper. For the
purpose of this Article, immediate control by owner or keeper shall be construed to mean:

(1) Restrained upon the property of the owner or keeper of the animal either by being tied, chained, within the
confines of a fence designed to restrain the animal, or an electronically operated fence sufficient to restrain the
animal upon the property or in the presence of the owner or keeper.

(2) While being walked or exercised off the premises or property of the owner or keeper, the animal must be
restrained by a leash connected to a collar or harness, sufficient to restrain the animal from breaking loose. Cats shall
be exempt from this provision of Article 136 (a)(2).



SECTION 7.          RUNNING LARGE

(a) For the purpose of this section running at large shall mean: Any animal while roaming, running or self hunting off
the property of its owner or keeper and not under the immediate control to its owner or keeper.

(b) It shall be unlawful for the owner of any animal to permit such animal, whether licensed or run licensed, to run at
large. Any person who after being notified by any land owner, lessee or officer that his animal is running at large,
permits his animal to run at large thereafter shall be deemed to have violated the provisions of this article, with the
exception of when the owner is engaged with a dog or dogs in the sport of hunting game or training to hunt game
outside the incorporated area. Cats shall be exempt from the provision of Section 4-7(b).

SECTION 8.  PUBLIC NUISANCE

(a) The actions of an animal constitute a public nuisance when an animal disturbs the rights of, threatens the safety
of, or damages a member of the general public, or interferes with the ordinary use and enjoyment of another person’s
property.

(b) It shall be unlawful for any person the own, keep, possess or maintain an animal in such a manner as to constitute
a public nuisance. By way of example and not limited to, the following acts or actions by an owner or possessor of an
animal are hereby declared to be a public nuisance and are therefore unlawful:

     (1) Having an animal that disturbs the rights of, threatens the safety of, or damages a member of the general
public, or interferes with ordinary use and enjoyment of another person’s property.

     (2) Allowing or permitting an animal to damage the property of anyone other than its owner/ possessor, including,
but not limited to, turning over garbage containers, or damaging gardens, flowers, or vegetables, or defecating upon
the property of another. It shall be unlawful for the owner of any dog to leave its droppings on public streets,
sidewalks, Town parks, other Town property of the property of another, without the permission of the owner of the
property. (Amended 10-10-06 at 1 Public Hearing)

     (3) Maintaining the animals in an unsanitary environment which results in offensive odors or is dangerous to the
animal or the public health, safety or welfare, or a failure to maintain a condition of good order and cleanliness which
reduces the probability of transmission of disease.

     (4) Maintaining the owner’s property in a manner that is offensive, annoying or dangerous to the public health,
safety or welfare of the community because of the number, type, variety, density, or location of the animals on the
property.

     (5) Allowing or permitting an animal to bark, whine, howl, crow, cackle, or any other noise that might interfere with
the reasonable use and enjoyment of neighboring premises.

     (6) Maintaining an animal that habitually or repeatedly chases, snaps at or attacks, pedestrians, joggers, animals
walked on a leash by owners, bicycles, or other vehicles.

     (7) Maintaining an animal that is diseased and dangerous to the public health.

     (8) Failing to confine a female dog or car while in heat in a building or secure enclosure in such a manner that she
will not be in contact with another dog or cat or attract other animals; provided, this Article shall not be construed to
prohibit the intentional breeding of animals within an enclosed area. (G.S. 67-2)

     (9) Upon filing a complaint by a resident for a nuisance described by the complainant, the animal control officer
shall endeavor to investigate the complaint, the animal control officer shall endeavor to investigate the complaint
within 24 hours. Tf through investigation these complaints are substantiated, he shall request that the nuisance be
corrected within a 24 hour period of notifying the owner/keeper. The animal control officer will make a return visit  to
determine whether the initial cause of complaint has been corrected and may then institute proper legal procedures if
the nuisance has not been abated.

In addition to any other enforcement remedies available under this chapter, if the animal control officer declares an
animal to be a nuisance under this Article, then the animal control officer has the authority to order the owner to
confine the animal in accordance with the animal control officer’s instruction. It shall be unlawful for the owner to fail to
comply with such an order or with the instructions in the order.

SECTION 9.   MISTREATMENT OF ANIMALS PROHIBITED

It shall be unlawful for any person to subject or cause to be subjected any animal to cruel treatment or to deprive or
cause to be deprived any animal of adequate food and water, necessary medical attention, proper shelter, protection
from the weather or humanely clean conditions.

(a) Adequate food and water. No person owning or responsible for any animal may fail to supply the animal with
sufficient supply of food and water as prescribed in this Article. (G.S. 19A-23)

     (1) Adequate Food. The provision at suitable intervals, not to Exceed 24 hours, of a quantity of wholesome
foodstuff suitable for the species and age, sufficient to maintain a reasonable level of nutrition in each animal. Such
foodstuff shall be served in a receptacle, dish, or container that is physically clean.

     (2) Adequate Water. A constant access to a supply of clean fresh water provided in a sanitary manner.

(b) Reasonable medical attention. No person owning or responsible for any animal shall fail to provide the animal with
reasonable medical attention when the animal is or has been suffering from illness, injury, disease, excessive
parasite, or malformed or overgrown hoof.

(c ) Proper shelter, protection from the weather and humanely clean condition. No person owning or responsible for
any animal shall fail to provide the animal with proper shelter, protection from the weather or humanely clean
conditions as prescribed in the Article.

     (1) Outdoor Standards. Minimum outdoor standards of shelter shall be as follows:
             
             A. When sunlight is likely to cause heat exhaustion of an animal tied or confined outside, sufficient shade by
natural or artificial means shall be provided to protect the animal from direct sunlight.

             B. If a dog is tied or confined unattended outdoors an artificial shelter with a minimum of three sides and a
waterproof roof with a floor above ground with sufficient space to allow for normal sitting, standing, turning, stretching,
and sleeping positions, and appropriate to the local climate conditions for the species concerned shall be provided for
the health of the animal.

(2) When confinement prohibited. No animal may be confined in a building, enclosure, car, boat, vehicle, or vessel of
any kind when extreme heat or extreme cold will be harmful to its health.

(3) Space standards. Minimum space requirements for out door enclosures shall include the following:

     (a) The housing facility shall be structurally sound and maintained in good repair to protect the animal from injury
and to contain the animal.

     (b) Enclosures shall be constructed and maintained to provide sufficient space to allow each animal adequate
freedom of movement. ( Inadequate space may be indicated by evidence of overcrowding, debility, stress, or
abnormal behavior patterns.)

(4) Humanely clean conditions. Minimum standards of sanitation necessary to provide humanely clean conditions for
outdoor enclosures shall include periodic cleaning to remove excretions and other waste materials, dirt and trash to
minimize health hazards.

(5) Properly fitted collar required. An owner or keeper of a dog or cat shall not permit injury or to infliction of pain upon
such animal from an improperly fitting or embedded collar.

SECTION 10.  CRUEL TREATMENT PROHIBITED

     (a) Molestation, torture, etc. prohibited. It shall be unlawful for any person to molest, torture, torment, deprive of
necessary sustenance, cruelly beat or treat, needlessly mutilate or kill, wound, injure, poison, abandon or subject to
conditions detrimental to its health or general welfare any animal or to cause or procure such action. The words
“torture” and “torment” and then the term “cruelly beat or treat” shall be held to include every act, omission or neglect
whereby unjustifiable physical pain, suffering or death is caused or permitted, but such terms shall not be construed
to prohibit an animal control officer, his agents or veterinarians from euthanizing dangerous, unwanted, or injured
animals in a humane manner.

     (b) Luring, enticing, seizing, molesting, or teasing an animal. It shall be unlawful for any person to entice or lure
any animal out of an enclosure or off the property of its owner or keeper, or to seize, molest, or tease any animal while
the animal is held or controlled by its owner or keeper or while the animal is on the property of its owner or keeper, but
such actions of luring enticing and seizing shall not be construed to prohibit lawful taking of animals under the
jurisdiction and regulations of this chapter by duly authorized animal control officers. (G.S. 113360. Seq.)

     (c ) Abandonment. It shall be unlawful for any owner or person responsible for any animal to drop or leave such
animal on a street, road, highway, or in a public place or on private property with intent to abandon without provision
for its continuous care, sustenance, and shelter. No owner of an animal shall abandon such animal except to
relinquish the animal to the animal shelter. If the animal control division finds that an animal has been abandoned, the
animal may be impounded. When it has been suspected the animal has been abandoned in a house or within a
fenced area, the animal control division must make a reasonable effort to locate the owner or manager of the
property. The property will be posted for 72 hours at which time the animal will be removed from the property. If the
owner contacts the Animal Control Division to reclaim the animal, an explanation for the animal’s abandonment must
be provided to the satisfaction of the animal control supervisor before the animal is reclaimed by the owner.  (G.S.
113361.1)

     (d) Performing animal exhibitions. No person may sponsor, promote, or train a wild or domestic animal to
participate in unnatural behavior in which the animal is wrestled, fought, harassed, or displayed in such a way that the
animal is abused. This prohibition applies to events and activities taking place in either public or private facilities or
property and applies regardless of the purpose of the event or activities and where or not a fee is charged to
spectators.

     (e) Confinement of animals in motor vehicle. No person may place or confine an animal or allow an animal to be
placed or confined in a motor vehicle for such a period of time as to endanger the health or well-being of such animal
due to temperature, lack of food, or water, and such other conditions as may reasonably be expected to cause
suffering, disability or death.

             (1) After making a reasonable effort to find the driver of a vehicle in which an animal is confined, an
employee of the animal control Article, at the direction of the law enforcement officer, may use the least intrusive
means to break and enter the vehicle, if necessary, to remove the animal where reasonable cause exists to believe
that the animal is in the vehicle in violation of this sub article. (Motor Vehicle and Traffic Laws Chap 12)

             (2) The animal control officer removing the animal shall then impound the animal and leave in a prominent
place on the motor vehicle a written notice of the animal’s impoundment, a brief description of the animal, and where
and when the animal may be reclaimed. The officer may also issue a warning citation for violation of this sub article.

     (f) Intentionally striking animals with motor vehicle. It shall be unlawful for any person to intentionally strike an
animal with an automobile or other vehicle causing injury or death.

     (g) Authority to use force against animals. Nothing in this Article shall prohibit use of force against an animal which
is in the act of causing severe injury on a human being or a domestic animal.

SECTION 11.  NOTICE IN CASE OF INJURY

     It shall be unlawful for any person who causes injury to an animal (including livestock) including, but not limited to
running over or hitting a domesticated animal with any vehicle to fail to notify immediately at least one of the following:
the owner(s) or keeper(s) of the animal ( if known or ascertainable with reasonable efforts made to locate the owner
or keeper), an animal control officer, the appropriate police or sheriffs department, or the animal shelter.

SECTION 12.  DESTRUCTION OF ANIMALS THAT CANNOT BE SEIZED BY REASONABLE MEANS

     Not withstanding any other provision of this chapter, an animal that cannot be seized by reasonable and normal
means, retrieved by an animal control officer, trapped in a humane, live-capture animal trap, or tranquilized by animal
control, may be humanely destroyed in the field upon the authorization of the animal control supervisor.

SECTION 13. SETTING HUMANE ANIMAL TRAPS AND AUTHORITY TO RECEIVE TRAPPED ANIMALS

     Animal control is authorized to place, upon request, live animal traps on private or public property to trap and
remove stray, at large, unwanted, or nuisance animals, including cats. It is unlawful for any person other than an
animal control officer to remove any animal from the trap, or to damage, destroy, move or tamper with the trap. Animal
control is authorized to receive and impound animals that are trapped by other agencies or persons within Onslow
County.

SECTION 14.  IMPOUNDMENT

     It shall be the duty of animal control to seize and impound, subject to the provisions of this chapter, all animals,
whether domesticated, found in violation of the provisions of this chapter whether such animal shall be in the
immediate custody of its owner or otherwise.

     (a) Each animal impounded shall be identified by permanent records which indicates: date of impoundment,
reason for impoundment, sex, color, general description, breed, method of acquisition, identification marks, and note
the presence of tattoos.

     (b) Any animal impounded which can be traced to its legal owner, the owner will be notified  that the animal is in
custody of the animal control. Upon payment of the current impoundment fee and daily maintenance fee, the animal
shall be returned to its owner unless otherwise so provided for by the owner in writing. However, the payment of such
impoundment fees shall not bar the imposition of any fine which may be imposed for the violations of this chapter.
(Ref. G.S. 130A-192)

     (c ) Animal Control officers are hereby authorized to enter upon any unfenced lot, tract, or parcel of land for the
purpose of seizing and impounding any animal found thereon in violation of this chapter. (Ref. G.S. 130A-17)

     (d) Any animal which cannot be traced to its legal owner may, after a minimum detainment of five (5) days be
placed in an adoptive status. No live animal may be released from the shelter either for sale or donation, to research
laboratories or related facilities, as breeding stock for puppy mills or wholesales for further resale for use in any illegal
entrapment or fighting, or for human consumption. A permanent record describing the final disposition of an animal,
date, names, and addresses where applicable, and subsequent fees paid shall be kept at all times. Monies received
from fines, fees, or adoptive placement will be turned over to the Onslow County health Department in accordance
with county finance policies. (G.S. 130A-192)

(e) When an animal is presented by an animal control officer to an attending veterinarian and when in the
professional judgment of that attending veterinarian and when in the professional judgment of that attending
veterinarian the animal should be humanely euthanized because it is suffering from disease and or injury, then the
attending veterinarian in taking action to euthanize the animal shall be acting as an agent for the county and shall not
be held professionally liable for his/her decision to euthanize.

(f) If the owner of any animal impounded under this article shall fail to redeem his/her animal within the time allowed for
redemption, any other person may, upon complying with all provisions of this article adopt the animal from the shelter
and be the lawful owner of the animal thereafter. (Ref. G.S. 67- et seq. 1)


SECTION 15.  HUMANE EUTHANASIA OF INJURED OR DISEASED ANIMALS

Not withstanding with other provision of this chapter, any animal impounded which is badly injured/wounded or
diseased  (not rabies suspect) and has no identification shall be destroyed immediately in a humane manner. If the
animal has identification, the animal shelter shall attempt expeditiously to notify the owner or keeper before
euthanizing such animal, but if the owner cannot be reached readily and the animal is suffering, the animal control
supervisor or his designee may cause the animal to be euthanized at his/her discretion in a humane manner. The
animal shelter and animal control Article shall have no liability for euthanizing injured/wounded or diseased animals.

SECTION 16. HANDLING OF STRAY ANIMALS BY THE PUBLIC

It shall be unlawful for any person, without the consent of the owner or keeper, knowingly and intentionally to harbor,
keep in possession by confinement or otherwise any animal that does not belong to him/her. Any person in
possession of a stray animal shall contact the animal control Article within 72 hours to arrange for impoundment or
provide notification of the “stray animal” description and location and it shall be unlawful for any person, other than
the owner or keeper of an animal, to remove the collar, license tag or rabies tag from around the neck of the animal.

SECTION 17.   RELATION TO HUNTING LAWS

Nothing in this chapter is intended to in conflict with the laws of the State of North Carolina regulating, restricting,
authorizing or otherwise affecting dogs while used in hunting, but this exception applies while the dogs while used in
hunting, but this exception applies while the dogs are under the control of the owner or keeper, or competent person
and are actually lawfully being used for hunting or training in compliance with applicable statues, regulations, or
ordinances. This chapter should be read and enforces consistent with any such law.


SECTION 18. Wild Animals

No person shall keep or permit to be kept on his premises any dangerous wild animal. This article shall not be
construed to apply to zoological parks, performing animal exhibitions, or circuses.

             
SECTION 19. PENALTIES

Any violation of this article shall be a misdemeanor and any person convicted of such violation shall be punishable as
provided in the General Statues. Each day’s violation of this article is a separate offense. In addition, enforcement of
this article may be by appropriate equitable remedy, injunction, or order of abatement issuing from a court of
competent jurisdiction, or other remedy provided for in Article 152A-123 of the General Statues.


                               

                                                                
ARTICLE 13-2

SECTION 1. COMPLIANCE WITH STATE RABIES LAWS; CHAPTER SUPPLEMENTAL TO STATE RABIES LAWS

     (a) It shall be unlawful for any animal owner or other person to fail to comply with the state laws relating to the
control of rabies. (Ref. G.S. 130A, Art 6, Pt. 6)

     (b) It is the purpose of this chapter to supplement the state law by providing procedure for the enforcement of
state laws relating to rabies control, in addition to the criminal penalties provided by state law.


SECTION 2. VACCINATION OF DAGS, CATS, AND OTHER PETS

     (a) It shall be unlawful for any person to keep, harbor or have in his custody or control for longer than fourteen
(14) days a dog/cat four (4) months old or older unless such dog/cat has been vaccinated with rabies vaccine,
approved by the United States Department of Agriculture. A certificate must be signed by a licensed veterinarian
specifying the vaccine used, the rabies tag number, the sex and breed of the dog/cat and name of owner. (Ref. 130A-
185)

     (b) Should it be deemed necessary by the County Health Director or the County Board of Health that other
animals be vaccinated in order to prevent a threatened epidemic or to control an existing epidemic, it shall be unlawful
for any owner or keeper to fail to provide current vaccination against rabies for the dog/cat and for the animal
designated.

     (c ) All rabies vaccines shall be administered by a licensed veterinarian or a certified rabies vaccinator who may
be appointed by the County Health Director. (G.S. 130A-185)
     (d) The owner of a dog or cat not having an attached current rabies vaccination tag must produce a valid and
current rabies vaccination tag or form within 72 hours of demand by any animal control officer or law enforcement
officer. Failure to produce the tag or form under this subparagraph is a separate offense for each animal owner by
such owner. (Ref. 130A-192)

SECTION 3. WEARING OF COLLAR AND TAGS

     (a) It shall be unlawful for any dog or cat owner or keeper to fail to provide the dog or cat with a collar or harness
to which a current rabies tag issued under this Article is securely attached. The collar or harness, with attached tag,
must be worn at all times, except during the time the dogs are performing at show, obedience trials, tracking test, field
trial, training school or hunting or other event sanctioned and supervised by a recognized organization.

     (b) Impoundment for not wearing tag. In addition to all other penalties as prescribed by law, a dog or cat is subject
to impoundment in accordance with the provision of this chapter if the dog or cat is not wearing a current rabies tag or
if the owner of the animal cannot produce sufficient written evidence of current rabies vaccination.

     (c ) Use of another animal’s tag prohibited. It shall be unlawful for any person to use for any animal a rabies
vaccination tag issued to another animal. (Ref: 130A-192)

SECTION 4. RESERVED

This ordinance was adopted on 11th of August, 1998.
     (This ordinance effective upon adoption and original on file.)



     

                                                     
           ARTICLE 13-3
             AN ORDINANCE REQUIRING THE IMMUNIZATION OF CATS
              AGAINST RABIES WITHIN THE TOWN OF HOLLY RIDGE

BE IT ORDAINED, by the Town of Holly Ridge, North Carolina: That the following regulations for the protection of the
public health are hereby adopted pursuant to authority granted by Section 17, Chapter 130 of the General Statues of
North Carolina, and shall apply in Holly Ridge, North Carolina.

SECTION 1. DEFINITIONS

For the purpose of this ordinance, the following are defined:

(1) CAT: male, female or neuter domestic cat of any age.

(2) VACCINATION: The administration of anti-rabies vaccine approved by the United States Department of Agriculture,
the North Carolina State Department of Agriculture, and the North Carolina Commission of Health Services. (NCGS
106-364)

(3) OWNER: A person owning, keeping or harboring a cat.

(4) HARBORING: Either actively or passively allowing a cat to stay on property; providing food or water or shelter.

SECTION 2. RABIES IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS.

(1) No person residing within the confines of Holly Ridge, North Carolina shall keep, harbor, or have in his custody or
control for longer than fourteen days, a cat four months old or older unless such animal has been vaccinated with an
approved rabies vaccine. A certificate specifying the type of anti-rabic vaccine used, the rabies tag number, the type,
sex and breed of the animal, the name of the owner and signed by a licensed veterinarian.

(2) A rabies vaccination shall be given to cats four months of age or older, twelve months apart.

(3) It shall not be required that cats wear the rabies tag, but the owner of the cat shall maintain the rabies tag and the
vaccination certificate  as written evidence to indicate that rabies immunization is current.

(4) No person shall use for any animal, a rabies tag issued for an animal other than the one using the tag.


SECTION 3. APPLICABILITY OF GENERAL STATUES

     The provisions of Chapter 106, Article 34, Part 7 of the General Statues of the State of North Carolina as they
pertain to the control of rabies in dogs shall apply to the control of rabies in cats within the confines of Holly Ridge,
except for the variations of intervals of vaccinations and wearing of rabies tags as indicated in Section 2 above.

SECTION 4. EFFECTIVE DATE

     The regulations governing the standards requiring the immunization of cats against rabies with the Town of Holly
Ridge, North Carolina, will be in force and effect on ______.




                                              
ARTICLE 13-4 (RESERVED)







                     ORDINANCE REGULATING THE KEEPING OF
               ANIMALS WITHIN THE TOWN LIMITS OF HOLLY RIDGE


     BE IT ORDAINED, by the Town of Holly Ridge, Board of Commissioners, that the following ordinance regulating
the keeping of animals within the corporate limits of the Town of Holly Ridge is hereby adopted pursuant to authority
granted by the North Carolina General Statues and shall apply to all incorporated areas within the boundaries of the
Town of Holly Ridge. This ordinance shall be known and may be cited as the “Town of Holly Ridge Animal Control
Ordinance.”


SECTION 1.  DEFINITIONS:

     A. For the purpose of this ordinance the term “animal” shall encompass horses, goats, mules, cows, hogs, sheep,
ponies, donkeys, or any offspring of the above. This shall also specifically include snakes of any and all sizes.

     B. House, keep or maintain: For the purpose of this ordinance, the term of phrase “house, keep, or maintain” shall
mean the permanent or temporary keeping, maintaining, holding, securing, feeding, caring for, sheltering, or
otherwise having custody of any and all subject animal or reptile for any purpose and under any circumstances unless
same is caged or otherwise confined in a trailer or other movable type storage container when said container or trailer
is affixed to a motor vehicle when said animal or reptile to a point other than one within the Town limits of Holly Ridge.

SECTION 2. VIOLATION TO HOUSE, KEEP OR MAINTAIN:

     No person, agent or employee thereof shall house, keep or maintain or permit any other person to house, keep or
maintain any animal as defined in this ordinance, within the boundaries of the Town of Holly Ridge, as same may be
amended from time to time.

SECTION 3. SEVERABILITY:

     If any provision to this ordinance or the application thereof to any person or circumstances is held to be invalid,
such invalidity shall not effect the other provisions or applications of this ordinance which can be given effect without
the invalid provision or application and to this end the provisions of this ordinance are declared to be severable.

     
SECTION 4. PENALTIES

     Any person, firm or corporation convicted of a violation of this ordinance shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and
shall upon conviction be punished in addition to any other remedy by a fine of not more than fifty dollars ($50.00) or
by imprisonment or not more than thirty (30) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Each continuing day of
violation shall constitute a separate offense. As an alternative, or additional penalty, a court may direct the removal of
the animals from the Town limits of Holly Ridge.

SECTION 5.  CONFLICTING ORDINANCES REPEALED

     All ordinances and/or regulations or parts of ordinances and/or regulations in conflict with this ordinance are
repealed only to the extent necessary to give this ordinance full force and effect.

SECTION 6.  EFFECTIVE DATE

     This ordinance shall become effective thirty (30) days after the signing of this ordinance.

     ADOPTED THIS 5th day of June, 1984.