Frequently Asked Questions

Dog barking may fall under the noise ordinance, which is enforced by the Sheriff’s Office. They can be contacted at (828) 464-3112.

Animal Services handles nuisance complaints, reports of bites and reports of animal cruelty. Call (828) 466-6814 to reach Animal Services.

If the animal is in the public right of way, call (828) 468-6280 regarding removal. If the deceased animal is on private property, the property owner is responsible for removal.

Notify Animal Services about injured or wounded domestic animals at (828) 466-6814.

Catawba County does not have a leash law. An animal can remain loose as long as it is on the owner’s property, displays a valid rabies vaccination tag, and is not a nuisance.

Contact Animal Services at (828) 466-6814. If you live within the city limits of the follow cities please contact your local Police Department: Newton, Hickory, Longview, Maiden, Catawba or Brookford.

Yes, all dogs and cats four months of age or older must be vaccinated for rabies by a licensed veterinarian and display a valid rabies tag.

Live Animal traps can be borrowed from the shelter during shelter operating hours (Tuesday-Friday 11am-6pm). The refundable deposit for a cat trap is $25.00 (cash only). You must sign a Trap Rental Agreement form, and you can keep the trap for five business days. When the trap is returned in good condition, you will receive your deposit back. There are a limited number of traps available.

Larger size traps for purposes of capturing a dog may be brought to your location by an Animal Control Officer based on availability. Please call (828) 466-6814 to inquire about availablility of this service. A Trap Rental Agreement must be completed by the citizen utilizing a larger size Live Animal Trap as well as the refundable deposit of $25.00 (cash only) submitted.

It is illegal in Catawba County to possess a dangerous exotic animal. This includes any member of the dog or cat family not customarily domesticated, any member of the bear family, primates, or elephants.

It is also illegal to harbor inherently dangerous reptiles including rear-fanged snakes, any venomous reptile, or members of the crocodile family. To learn more, read the County’s ordinance on dangerous exotic animals.