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Carrboro Animal Control: Animal Health & Welfare

Some rabies cases involve pets exposed to potentially rabid animals. A potentially rabid animal is any raccoon, fox, skunk, bat, coyote, or domestic cat or dog with unknown rabies shot history. Currently inoculated pets exposed to a potentially rabid animal should be boostered within 72 hours of exposure. Pets without current shots may be euthanized or quarantined for 6 months. Keep your pet's rabies shot current. Please report any animal bites to people or potential rabies exposures to 911.


Rabies Links:
North Carolina Department of Epidemiology
Center for Disease Control

West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus has been detected within birds in the Town of Carrboro and Chapel Hill, and Orange County. For 2003, 4 birds tested positive for the virus. Those birds were Crows and Blue Jays. Testing for the disease in Crows, Blue Jays, and Predatory Species usually begins around July each year. Please remember to wear long sleeves and insect repellent during the warmer months and limit outdoor exposure in the evenings and at night when mosquitos are most active. Reduce or eliminate mosquito breeding areas.

West Nile Virus Links:
North Carolina Department of Epidemiology
Center for Disease Control

Animal Nuisances

Many animals create problems or disturbances in suburban communities. These problems can arise if the pet owner or keeper does not properly control and care for an animal. Unrestrained domesticated animals create most animal nuisances. Some problems are created by wildlife.

Responsible, caring owners recognize the dangers and problems that arise by allowing their pets to run at large. People maintain good relations with their neighbors and community by humanely controlling their pets.

Animal nuisances may be solved by speaking directly to the pet’s owner or by contacting the local Animal Control Office. If speaking to the owner is an uncomfortable situation for you, contact an Animal Control officer to investigate the problem. An initial violation of ordinances may result in a fine of $25.00. Continuing violations can result in additional fines. If your nuisance involves wildlife, Animal Control can suggest preventative measures to alleviate the situation. If the problem persists, the animal may be captured. Do not attempt to handle wild animals. Improper handling exposes humans and wild animals to health hazards.

Obtain further information about North Carolina’s wildlife from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, 919-733-7291.

Rabies Control: Animal Licensing


By law, all dogs and cats 4 months of age and older are required to be vaccinated against rabies and licensed. Only a licensed veterinarian may give your pet a rabies vaccine and tag. Animal Control and the Animal Protection Society sponsor low-cost rabies vaccination clinics several times a year. Contact A.P.S. or Animal Control about the next clinic.

Rabies is a serious fatal disease. Cases of rabies have steadily increased in North Carolina over the past several years. Cats have surpassed dogs in the number of positive cases of rabies. Orange County and neighboring counties have had numerous positive cases of rabies. Vaccinated dogs and cats provide a barrier of protection against wildlife rabies. Be sure your pets remain current on their rabies vaccinations and report all animal bites to Animal Control, Health or Police Departments.

Since 1997, license tags are not distributed, but you still need to license your animal with Orange County Animal Control. Your pet should wear an identification tag. Licensing your pet increases the pet’s chance of returning home and may save the animal’s life. Security or protection dogs must be registered at the time of licensing. Failure to vaccinate results in a $100.00 fine. Failure to license your pet results in a $50.00 fine. A court appearance may result for failure to license or vaccinate.

Spay or Neuter Your Pet
By spaying or neutering your pet not only are you a responsible, caring pet owner, but also you give unwanted animals a better chance of becoming pets. Spaying or neutering:
  • eliminates seasonal "heat" which can prevent runaway males and dogfights
  • reduces health risks such as cancer and injury
  • reduces license fees
  • reduces “spraying” by male cats
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