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County Animal Ordinance

Other Ordinances

Monthly Reports for Animal Sheltering

Graphical Data for Animal Sheltering

Animal Control Field Statistics

Tethering Ordinance

Additional Resources

County Animal Ordinance

Effective March 1, 2016, the Board of Orange County Commissioners (BOCC) has passed a Unified Animal Ordinance.  The Unified Animal Ordinance applies to all of the unincorporated parts of Orange County fully, and the towns have adopted the bulk of it as their framework.  However, inside the corporate limits of each town certain sections and areas will remain different.  The unified ordinance aims to have a common framework and fills many gaps and inconsistencies that previously existed in having three entirely separate ordinances.  

Unified Animal Ordinance (with November 2016 amendments)

Freqeuently Asked Questions about the Unified Animal Ordinance

Chapel Hill, Carrboro, & Hillsborough Ordinances

All of the towns have adopted the bulk of the Unified Animal Ordinance (above) as their framework, but will retain certain sections of their previous ordinances.  

Chapel Hill and Carrboro have adopted the bulk of the Unified Ordinance, but retains several sections that can be found in the links below:
Chapel Hill remaining ordinance sections
Carrboro Town Code with remaining sections

Click for the Carrboro Livestock Application. Check out this helpful information about Keeping Backyard Chickens in the Town of Carrboro.

Hillsborough adopts the county ordinance but has a few sections inside the corporate town limits that have additional restrictions and regulations.  Those can be found in the code below.

Hillsborough Animal Code

Monthly Reports for Animal Sheltering

2018 Monthly Reports

2017 Monthly Reports

2016 Monthly Reports

2015 Monthly Reports

To see older monthly reports for Animal Sheltering, please click here and go to Animal Services-->Animal Services Reports-->Shelter Statistics.

Graphical Data for Animal Sheltering

Annual Intake Numbers: 2005 - 2017

Annual Disposition Numbers: 2005 - 2017

Annual Placements: 2005 - 2017

Stray Dog & Cat Recoveries: 2005 - 2017

Animal Control Field Statistics

2018 Field Statistics

2017 Field Statistics

2016 Field Statistics

2015 Field Statistics

To see older monthly reports for Animal Control Field Statistics, please click here and go to Animal Services-->Animal Services Reports-->Field Statistics.

Tethering Ordinance

Effective November 19th, 2009, Orange County's Animal Ordinance will restrict the tethering of dogs to a maximum of 3 hours within a 24-hour period.  The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved the amendment, along with a year of outreach and a number of specific exceptions, in November of 2008. 

Frequently Asked Questions (Click HERE for Spanish Version)

Please find below the ordinance amendment itself and supporting documents related to the amendment. 

Tethering Amendment (Effective November 19th, 2009)

Animal Services Standard Operating Guidelines


Tethering Enforcement and Addendum

Tethering Progress Reports

June 2009

December 2009

May 2010

Tethering Committee's Full Report and Recommendations

The Town of Chapel Hill has enacted its own set of tethering restrictions, effective March 23, 2010.  

Tethering Enforcement in Chapel Hill


Additional Resources

State Organizations

National Organizations

Disaster Preparedness

Influenza in Pets and Other Animals



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