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Pitt County Animal Services is required to hold stray animals for three business days once they are dropped off at our facility. Although, outcomes for owner surrendered animals can be determined the same day they are surrendered to our facility.
Previously Pitt County had 4 stand alone ordinances concerning animals in Pitt County. We feel this is confusing to citizens and it would be much easier to understand and locate information concerning the laws and regulations concerning domesticated animals in Pitt County if it was all in one document. This comprehensive ordinance also ensures all enforcement actions to include fines are standardized.
Added are clear definitions as well as a section on Large Commercial Dog Breeders and the owning of exotic animals. The nuisance ordinance was also eliminated. The Nuisance Ordinance we presently have was hard to enforce and feel we can do a better job addressing the nuisance behavior by the other ordinances such as Canine Control, Dangerous Dog, and Neglect. Also under Section 4 there are no longer 3 definitions of Dangerous Dog- the Potentially Dangerous Dog definition has been eliminated due to duplication and now just allow for Dangerous Dog or Vicious Dog that can be determined if qualifications are met.
There is not a ban on the tethering of an animal: however, a humane standard of keeping animals is addressed under Section 2. Cruel Treatment to Animals
The only change that could possibly affect hunters Section 5 with regards to Large Commercial Breeders which is defined as “any person, persons, partnership or corporation that owns, has custody of, or maintains 10 or more female dogs or 10 or more female cats for the purpose of breeding offspring to sell or trade.
No, there will be a 1 year waiting period to allow time for those currently owning exotic animals to acquire a proper permit. After the 1 year period the ownership of exotic animals will not be allowed unless the owner received a prior permit from the Pitt County Animal Services Department. Dangerous Exotic Animal is defined as: Exotic, or wild animals which belong to the Panthera genus venomous amphibians, venomous reptiles, non-venomous reptiles weighing over 50 pounds at maturity and wolves.” Unpermitted exotic animals will be banned beginning November 20, 2018.
North Carolina and especially Pitt County is a place where many breeders choose to locate to operate their businesses due to lack of regulations. It is our desire that all animals in Pitt County are treated and cared for humanely and for citizens to be sold healthy animals. The standards set forth for those that qualify are the same standards that North Carolina law establishes for all animal shelters in Pitt County. We feel these rules and regulations are reasonable and the annual permit fee of $50 is not excessive. These rules and regulations go into effect on November 20, 2018.
If you are unemployed, or if you want to find a better or more stable job but you aren't sure what kind of work you should look for, PITTworks can help you explore possible career choices.
If you already know what type of work you would like to do, PITTworks can help you find a training program and financial aid.
If you already have enough training but are having trouble finding work, PITTworks can help you to navigate the local job market, learn to compete more effectively for jobs, and develop workplace skills to help ensure your success.
Almost any FNS client can enroll in PITTworks as long as they are also: 1) between the ages of 18 and 59, AND 2) not working in paid employment for 30 or more hours per week, AND 3) not receiving unemployment insurance ("UI") benefits, AND 4) do not have a pending application for UI benefits, AND 5) not currently receiving Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability income, or Work First Family Assistance.
Unfortunately, regulations do not allow PITTworks to enroll people who are in the categories listed above. However, PITTworks can put them in touch with other employment and training resources.
If you do not receive food stamps but would like to enroll in PITTworks, please contact Pitt County Food & Nutrition Services at 902-1352 to see if you qualify. Pitt County Food & Nutrition Services
However, federal rules require some clients to engage in 20 hours per week of certain work or training activities in order to keep their food stamps longer than three months. These clients may find that PITTworks is the best way to keep their food stamps, and to eventually find stable and well paid employment.
Generally, food stamp clients who want to continue receiving benefits are required to engage in work or training activities if they meet all the qualifications for enrollment in PITTworks, AND 1) are between the ages of 18 and 49, AND 2) have no one under age 18 living with them, AND 3) are physically and mentally able to work, AND 4) are not in school or training at least half time, AND 5) are not working in paid or volunteer employment for at least 20 hours per week, AND 6) are not taking care of a disabled adult.
If you have a physical or mental disability, and are not receiving Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Income, and would like to find a job, PITTworks is here to help you. PITTworks cooperates with the state Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and with Trillium Health Resources to help disabled people get specialized training and help.