Amended State Laws (Jul. 2009) Amendments to Chapter 130A, Sections 184-199 provides for:

* Conforming with recommendations from the CDC and the National Association of
      State Public Health Veterinarians
* Allow stray or feral animals to be euthanized and test for rabies after biting a human
* Several definitions were added or clarified for feral, ferret, and strays
* Any dog, cat OR ferret over 4 months old must be vaccinated against rabies.
* Animals suspected of (or known to have) rabies shall be 
immediately destroyed UNLESS
      the animal has received a rabies vaccination 28 days prior to the exposure OR 
      the animal receives a booster shot within 5 days of exposure.
(This part helps prevent
      an automatic death sentence for pets that are bitten by a rabid --or suspected
      rabid --animal.)
This amended law went into effect October 1, 2009.

The bill entitled "Davie's Law" (HB6/SB199) (banning ALL gas chambers in public facilities) was introduced in 2009 and became very controversial (no one had ever proposed this kind of legislation). As a political hot potato, not many legislators other than the sponsors wanted to "own" it. The bill represented a significant deviation from the "norm" and knawed at some legislators' comfort zones. Therefore, the first time out and Davie's Law didn't even get voted on.
Disheartened and frustrated, some folks asked, "Why bother?" First and foremost: the animals are worth your perseverance. We're sure you'll see similar legislation in the future. Click HERE to support Davie's Law.

Class B Dog Dealers Days May Be Numbered ( by David Grimm) Source: Science Magazine Website

For more than 4 decades, individuals licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture have collected dogs and cats from shelters, breeders, and other sources and sold them to research facilities. Proponents say these so-called Class B dealers provide genetically diverse breeds of various sizes and ages that can't be obtained from traditional laboratory animal suppliers and that are essential in some types of research. But detractors point to a history of misconduct, from stolen pets to animal cruelty, and have been trying for years to shut down the system.

Last year (2009), the National Academy of Sciences released a report stating that "Class B dealers are not necessary for supplying dogs and cats for [National Institutes of Health]-funded research" and recommending ways to phase out the system. The report is also giving fuel to a congressional bill that would ban these dealers outright. But many in the research community are fighting back, even those who don't use Class B dealers. Any such ban, they say, would delay important research projects and could shut down others entirely.   

"Susie's Law" (HB1690) passed the NC legislature (June 23, 2010) by a vote of 47-0 and was signed into law by Governor Bev Purdue (and "paw stamped" by Susie herself!). The law makes animal cruelty a Class H Felony which carries jail time of up to 10 years, fines or both. The bill will become effective Dec. 1, 2010.

The legislation was proposed after citizens found a severely burned puppy, left for dead, in a local park in Greensboro, NC, and courts were only allowed to give the 21-year old abuser probation for his heinous act (Class I Felony).    (source: NC Voters for Animal Welfare)

Read the law (complete with Susie's pawprint!)

Read the story

Susie's Law Website

Senate Bill S467 (v-6) Recovering Lost Pets, Relieve Overcrowding at Animal Shelters, and Facilitate Adoptions of Animals from Shelters is Ratified (Jul. 2009).  New state law now provides tougher protection against early euthanization of dogs and cats in shelters. The bill includes:

*Requiring domesticated dogs and cats to be held for at least 72 hours before being euthanized or put up for adoption.
* Shelters must be open at least 4 hours a day, 3 days a week for people to view the animals. If animals are quarantined, the shelter must allow access to that area as well.
* Proof of ownership is required when dropping off animals. If there is no proof, the animal must be held for at least the 72 hour period before adoption.
* Facilities can "foster out" animals (without being held responsible for the care the animal receives in foster care) if overcrowding as a result of this law is a problem. They can also enter into contracts with rescue groups to help relieve overcrowding.
* ACO's scan for microchips

The only exceptions under the law, which went into effect Jan. 1, 2010, are for animals considered to be dangerous or those that have health issues that pose a public health risk.
(Ref: NCGA Section 1, GS 130A-192)

This page features some of the animal laws that affect our entire State of North Carolina, not just one of our cities or counties.

For up-to-the-minute news on state animal laws (not ordinances), here are some options:
Animal Law Coalition has a searchable database of laws by state. HSUS's "In Your State" webpage details what laws are in the works. Specifically for NC animal laws, you can also go to NCGS Animal Law Lookup.

To view other state's laws, you can also go to that state's General Assembly page (or similar) and search the database for the statutes that relate to animal welfare. Also, local Animal Control, Police Dept., or Health Dept. may be able to point you in the right direction.

Susie's Law

Class B Dealers

Davie's Law

Recovering Lost Pets

Rabies Law Amended

Animal Cruelty is now a FELONY carrying jail time in 46 states plus the District of Columbia!

State Laws