Raleigh approves ban on wild animal ownership

RALEIGH, NC(WNCN) – The Raleigh City Council has taken its final vote to implement new rules regulating the ownership of wild or dangerous animals.

The move comes about a year after a Raleigh neighborhood was held hostage by a loose venom-spitting cobra. The snake had escaped from a house about half a mile away. CBS 17’s Judith Retana spotted the venom-spewing snake, prompting police to capture it several hours later.

Under the ordinance, keeping a pet of a species that is considered a “dangerous wild animal” is prohibited within the city limits.

A “dangerous wildlife” is considered by the city to be “any non-domesticated animal normally found in the wild, is inherently dangerous to person or property, and generally does not live in or around humans.”

The city’s definition includes “medically significant snakes.” The city defines these as any snake whose venom can cause death, serious illness, or injury. It also includes snakes whose venom would require an emergency room or immediate attention from a doctor.

The regulation will come into force in two months.

Mayor Pro Tem Nicole Stewart and Councilor Storme Forte voted against the ordinance at Tuesday’s meeting. At a meeting last month, Stewart said that “there are a lot of things going on in the city that need our attention right now – and I don’t think this is one of them.”

grandfather clause

While the ordinance prohibits future possession of dangerous wildlife, those who already own these animals are allowed to keep them as long as they are registered with the city. Owners have until July 1, 2023 to register their animals.

Information that owners would be required to submit upon their registration includes:

  • Detailed animal inventory with descriptions and photo(s) of the animals
  • Obligation to report to the city if the animal is moved to another location
  • Plan a transfer of ownership or destruction if the owner can no longer care for the animal
  • Maintain animal health records
  • proof of ownership, e.g. B. a contract of sale
  • Confirmed that the owner will only keep up to 10 medicinally relevant venomous snakes
  • Liability insurance must be available
  • Immediately report the escape of dangerous wildlife in your possession

A criminal background check would also be required to ensure that the owners have no prior criminal offenses or enlistments for animal abuse.

Penalties for violating city rules

The new ordinance includes fines for violating city regulations. After that, anyone violating the rule would be fined $500 per animal per day the ordinance is violated.

In addition, owners would also be responsible for paying any costs incurred by the city in seizing, attempting to recapture, harboring or euthanizing an escaped animal.

Anyone who fails to register animals they already own will also be fined $500 per animal per day of failure to register.

https://www.cbs17.com/news/local-news/wake-county-news/raleigh-approves-ban-on-wild-animal-ownership/ Raleigh approves ban on wild animal ownership

Dais Johnston

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