Advisory Board Standing Committees
Potentially Dangerous Dog Appeal Committee
The Animal Services Advisory Board maintains a standing committee for potentially dangerous dog declaration appeals. This committee convenes to review any appeals from a dog owner whose dog has officially been declared potentially dangerous persuant to NC General Statutes Section 67. Appeals must be filed in writing within three days of the date of declaration, and a date will be set for the appeal hearing within ten days of that date. Decisions by the Dangerous Dog Appeals Committee can be challenged only through a de novo appeal to the NC Superior Court.
Ad Hoc Committees
The Animal Services Advisory Board may form ad hoc committees or task forces to research or review specific issues in accordance with county policy. Recent ad hoc committees have assessed whether crowing roosters should be considered a public nuisance under the county's animal ordinance and what requirements there should be for the recovery of stray cats and dogs. Past committees have address managing pet overpopulation and the tethering of dogs in Orange County.
This task force will be developing recommendations for review by the ASAB concerning free roaming cats in Orange County. This covers both unowned and owned cats. The task force is addressing this issue as a component of the county's Stragetic Plan for Managing Pet Overpopulation. A major concern is to address the issue of feline overpopulation with the goal of reducing the number of cats brought into the shelter annually and the need for euthanasia as a means for population control.