North Carolina General Assembly
NC General Statutes
Chapter 19A - Protection of Animals.
The Statutes on the North Carolina General Assembly website reflect changes made in the
legislative session, through 7/30/2016.
Civil Remedy for Protection of Animals.
§ 19A-1. Definitions.
§ 19A-1.1. Exemptions.
§ 19A-2. Purpose.
§ 19A-3. Preliminary injunction; care of animal pending hearing on the merits.
§ 19A-4. Permanent injunction.
§§ 19A-5 through 19A-9. Reserved for future codification purposes.
Protection of Black Bears.
§ 19A-10. Unlawful to buy, sell or enclose (except as provided) black bear.
§ 19A-11. Inapplicable to bona fide zoos, etc.
§ 19A-12. Possession of black bear on July 1, 1975; surrender of bear; modification of facilities; forfeiture.
§ 19A-13. Violation of Article.
§ 19A-14. Enforcement of Article.
§§ 19A-15 through 19A-19. Reserved for future codification purposes.
Animal Welfare Act.
§ 19A-20. Title of Article.
§ 19A-21. Purposes.
§ 19A-22. Animal Welfare Section in Animal Health Division of Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services created; Director.
§ 19A-23. Definitions.
§ 19A-24. Powers of Board of Agriculture.
§ 19A-25. Employees; investigations; right of entry.
§ 19A-26. Certificate of registration required for animal shelter.
§ 19A-27. License required for operation of pet shop.
§ 19A-28. License required for public auction or boarding kennel.
§ 19A-29. License required for dealer.
§ 19A-30. Refusal, suspension or revocation of certificate or license.
§ 19A-31. License not transferable; change in management, etc., of business or operation.
§ 19A-32. Procedure for review of Director's decisions.
§ 19A-32.1. Minimum holding period for animals in animal shelters; public viewing of animals in animal shelters; disposition of animals.
§ 19A-33. Penalty for operation of pet shop, kennel or auction without license.
§ 19A-34. Penalty for acting as dealer without license; disposition of animals in custody of unlicensed dealer.
§ 19A-35. Penalty for failure to adequately care for animals; disposition of animals.
§ 19A-36. Penalty for violation of Article by dog warden.
§ 19A-37. Application of Article.
§ 19A-38. Use of license fees.
§ 19A-39. Article inapplicable to establishments for training hunting dogs.
§ 19A-40. Civil Penalties.
§ 19A-41. Legal representation by the Attorney General.
§ 19A-42. Reserved for future codification purposes.
§ 19A-43. Reserved for future codification purposes.
§ 19A-44. Reserved for future codification purposes.
Animal Cruelty Investigators.
§ 19A-45. Appointment of animal cruelty investigators; term of office; removal; badge; oath; bond.
§ 19A-46. Powers; magistrate's order; execution of order; petition; notice to owner.
§ 19A-47. Care of seized animals.
§ 19A-48. Interference unlawful.
§ 19A-49. Educational requirements.
§§ 19A-50 through 19A-59. Reserved for future codification purposes.
§ 19A-60. Legislative findings.
§ 19A-61. Spay/Neuter Program established.
§ 19A-62. Spay/Neuter Account established.
§ 19A-63. Eligibility for distributions from Spay/Neuter Account; Definitions.
§ 19A-64. Distributions to counties and cities from Spay/Neuter Account.
§ 19A-65. Annual Report Required From Every Animal Shelter in Receipt of State or Local Funding.
§ 19A-66. Notification of available funding.
Animal Shelter Support Fund.
§ 19A-67. Animal Shelter Support Fund.
§ 19A-68. Distributions to counties and cities from Animal Shelter Support Fund.
§ 19A-69. Report.
Care of Dogs Illegally Used for Fighting.
§ 19A-70. Care of animal subjected to illegal treatment.