Potentially Dangerous Dog Appeal Committee
The Board of County Commissioners has developed a Hearing Panel Pool to hear appeal cases for dogs declared potentially dangerous under NC General Statutes Section 67 or animals declared dangerous under Orange County's Unified Animal Ordinance. This pool consists of members from different townships and backgrounds, who have applied to hear such cases, have been selected by the board, and trained to hear and decide appeals cases. The hearing panel for each case consists of two hearing pool panelists and one member of a 3-person team from the Animal Services Advisory Board. The ASAB member is the chair of each hearing committee called to hear a case.
Appeals must be filed in writing from the guardian of the animal declared within three days of the date of declaration, and a date will be set for the appeal hearing within ten days of that date. Appeal decisions for the NC statute declarations can 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.
Animal Research Committee
A committee has been formed to consider whether it is possible and/or advisable to develop a protocol for the potential involvement of shelter animals in research that benefits shelter animals generally, provided the research is not invasive in nature and does not call for their euthanasia. Presently, the committee is addressing concerns that have arisen in discussion of this difficult topic so that it can advise the Animal Services Advisory Board as a whole as to whether it should continue its consideration of developing a protocol for potential participation in such research.
Free Roaming Cat Task Force
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.