Wednesday 19 Jun 2019

City Adopts New Animal Control Fees

Animal ordinance violations will not exceed $500 in the City of Goldsboro.

Last week, the Goldsboro City Council adopted the new animal control fee schedule.

In a brief summary to the city council, Goldsboro Police Chief Mike West explained the need for the update.

Chief West says it was necessary to set fines for violations of city ordinances related to animals, and the fees are comparable to current rates in the local area.

The new fines are as follows:

  • Animals at Large (per animal):
    • First Violation: $50.00 (plus shelter reclaim fee and boarding fee, if applicable)
    • Second Violation: $75.00 (plus shelter reclaim fee and boarding fee, if applicable)
    • Succeeding Violation: $100.00 (plus shelter reclaim fee and boarding fee, if applicable)
  • Animals creating Nuisance:
    • First Violation: $50.00
    • Second Violation: $75.00
    • Succeeding Violation: $100.00
  • Animal Bite/Attack:
    • Unprovoked and kills a human being: $500.00
    • Unprovoked attack, assault, wound, bite, or otherwise injures a human being:$250.00; Subsequent Violations: $500.00
    • Unprovoked killing, wounding, or assist in killing or wounding a domestic animal or pet: $125.00; Subsequent Violation: $250.00

The highest fine of $500 is for an unprovoked animal bite or attack that results in the death of a person.

The new ordinance and fines went into effect on January 7th immediately after they were adopted.

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