All animals deserve caring and humane treatment. Both local and state laws help to ensure animals are treated humanely and free from any unjustifiable pain and suffering. Animal Control Officers and local law enforcement officers are tasked with the duty of ensuring that Craven County animals:
Are provided adequate food and water
Are treated in a manner that does not subject them to pain, suffering, or death
Are not confined in a motor vehicle during times of extreme heat or cold
If you witness or suspect any inhumane treatment, please do not hesitate to report it immediately.
Report problem strays to us immediately. Take note of whether the animals are coming from a nearby house or are unowned. Be certain to get a good description of the animal and where it is.Please remember, Animal Control Officerscan notpatrol every neighborhood every day;socall us when the animal is in the area or confined. To report problem strays, please call the Animal Protective Services
Trapping Nuisance Animals APS will humanely trap stray dogs and cats upon request. APS Officers may set traps only on private property and only after receiving written permission from the property owner or renter.
Requesting Animal Traps
Traps for dogs and cats are set at the discretion of APS and are on an "as available" basis. A waiting period normally applies due to demand & limited shelter space.Citizens may request traps by calling 252-639-4256
Dangerous Dog Ordinance
Aggressive dogs are a public health threat, and APS is responsible for ensuring that dogs are not posinga threatto public safety. If you are having a problem with anaggressive dog, please call the APS to report the issue.North Carolina Law Requiring Reports
North Carolina law NCGS 130A-196 requires that all animal bites be reported to the local Health Department, even if you are bitten by your own pet, have declined to see a health care provider, or felt the bite was an accident. If you have any questions regarding animal bites or rabies, contact the CCSO APS. Public health is everyone's responsibility, and you are the public.