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Animal Control

The Pamlico County Animal Control Department enforces ordinances that govern vaccinations and humane treatment; and also educates the public to make citizens aware of animal control problems and ways to help solve them! Animal Control also enforces rabies laws and helps protect the citizens of Pamlico County from rabies.

The Pamlico County Animal Control Department strives to protect:

  • Pets and wild animals from the many dangers they face in the wild and on the streets
  • People and Property from the dangers and nuisances of uncontrolled roaming animals
Animal Control is prepared to handle many situations:

  • Complaint investigation – Look into complaints of noisy, destructive or threatening animals. If necessary, proper legal action may be taken (including citations, fines, and impoundment);
  • Cruelty investigation – Enforce laws governing humane the treatment of animals. If necessary, may remove animals from unsafe or unhealthy conditions and begin legal action against negligent owners;
  • Animal quarantine – Animals that bite are located and captured to make certain that they are not carrying any disease;
  • Animal rescue – Use knowledge and equipment to help find and rescue lost or trapped animals;
  • Rabies control – Investigate all bites and possible exposure to rabies and enforce laws about rabies.
Personnel within the department of Animal Control wear many hats and strive to perform each and every aspect of their job as professionally and thoroughly as possible.

Animal Control personnel will do the following:

  • love and care for the animals brought to the shelter;
  • do their best to find homes for as many of the animals as possible; and
  • only as a last resort, use euthanization.
When calls or requests are received, they are prioritized by considering public safety, animal safety, and available personnel resources. Listed below are the department's priorities and actions:

  • Vicious or Dangerous Animals / Animal Bites – Immediately responds to reports that an animal has either bitten a person or is menacing the public;
  • Animal Cruelty – Checks on the health and well-being of animals reportedly being neglected or physically abused.
  • Requests for Service – Assists other agencies in impounding or identifying the location of dangerous or vicious animals; enforcing animal-related ordinances; investigating complaints (noise, leash law, etc.); impounding stray and surrendered animals; and providing customer service and assistance;
  • Patrol for Stray Animals – Impounds stray animals before they can become a threat or nuisance to the public;
  • Write Citations and Testify in Court – Writes infraction notices to pet owners of animals that are observed in violation of animal-related ordinances; records what is seen and testifies in court when subpoenaed;
  • Public Education – Makes presentations at schools, neighborhood centers and other highly visible community events; disseminate humane education information through pamphlets, brochures, as well as print and visual media.
In order to protect our community and our local pet population, Animal Control needs the help of the citizens of Pamlico County.

You, as a citizen, can help Animal Control by:

  • Supporting the efforts of this department and being a responsible pet owner;
  • Have your pets spayed or neutered; 
  • Do not let pets run free. For instance, keep pet dogs on a leash;
  • Report all cases of animal abuse or inhumane treatment;
  • Have pets vaccinated and licensed according to North Carolina laws; and
  • Obey all laws and ordinances that affect pet owners and pets.
You can also help by:

  • Adopting a pet from Craven Pamlico Animal Service Center.
  • Volunteering with Pamlico Animal Welfare Services (PAWS) to help animals. They can be reached at 252-745-7297.
The shelter is located at 1639 Old Airport Rd, in New Bern. They can be reached at 252-637-4606

For Emergencies, call 911

Animal Bites
Carolina East Medical Center
252-633-8104 Emergency Room

Contact Information

Berkley Hill
Animal Control Officer
Office: (252)745-3203
Cell: (252) 670-6129
202 Main St
PO Box 776
Bayboro, NC 28515
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM