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Posted on: May 29, 2008

[ARCHIVED] New Policies for Animal Control

"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” Immanuel Kant
The Town of Davidson and the Davidson Police Department (DPD) have established a formal partnership with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control (CMAC&C) Division (www.charmeck.org/Departments/Animal+Control/Home.htm) to provide 24/7 response to citizens calls for service about loose or stray animals, aggressive or vicious animals, noise (barking dogs), and nuisance issues (my neighbor’s cat chases the birds at my feeders!).
CMAC&C provides some of the most professional care available. Making use of the Internet, CMAC&C posts all found animals on their website; provides spay, neuter and chip clinics; investigates and assists in the prosecution of animal abuse cases and works with over 75 regional rescue groups to maximize adoptions.
In non-emergency animal issues (i.e., surrender of a lost pet, barking complaints), call the DPD at 704 892-5131. During business hours the clerk will assist you. If it is after 5:00 p.m. or before 8:00 a.m., or on weekends, wait for the telephone prompt to reach the “on-duty supervisor” and follow the directions. In an emergency (vicious dog, possible rabid animal, or animal running loose in the street) dial 9-1-1. Be sure to advise the operator you are calling from the Town of Davidson.
A Davidson police officer will respond and assess the situation. If we are able to assist with the issue we will do so. If our officers are busy and unable to respond, or the situation requires greater resources than we have at our disposal or training, we will contact CMAC&C. These professional and caring folks are available seven days a week, 20 hours/day with emergency call-back between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. Only a Davidson police officer can request CMAC&C.
In the instance of a found dog or cat that appears to be someone’s pet, we will take the animal to our temporary holding pen. Every effort will be made to find the owner. The dog or cat will be scanned for a microchip. We will look for a tattoo and a photo of the animal will be taken and placed on the town’s website and kept in a book at the front desk of the police department. If there is no inquiry to the DPD after a 48 hour period, the animal will be taken to the CMAC&C facility in Charlotte.
Davidson town ordinance, Section 10-9, mandates that all dogs and cats over four months of age be licensed annually. No license can be issued without proof of current rabies vaccination. The cost of a license is $10. A dog license is the fastest, easiest way for us to identify your beloved pet and return it to you quickly. We’ve had dogs in our custody that bolted through their electric fence when a firecracker exploded; a very senior dog wandered out of its fenced yard when a heavy spring wind blew the gate open; and a small lap dog was found wandering in the dead of winter with a wonderful pink leather and rhinestone collar proclaiming “Princess” and no other ID! In addition, to use the off leash park, called “The Preserve,” located at 330 O’Henry Street in the St. Alban’s Neighborhood, dogs must be licensed.
"If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” James Herriot

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