Full Statute Name:  West's North Carolina General Statutes Annotated. Chapter 90. Medicine and Allied Occupations. Article 11. Veterinarians.

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Primary Citation:  NC ST § 90-187.7 Country of Origin:  United States Last Checked:  December, 2014 Alternate Citation:  N.C.G.S.A. § 90-187.7 Date Adopted:  1973
Summary:

This North Carolina statute provides that any animal placed in the custody of a licensed veterinarian for treatment, boarding or other care, unclaimed by its owner for a period of more than 10 days after written notice by registered or certified mail, shall be deemed to be abandoned and may be turned over to the nearest humane society, or dog pound or disposed of as such custodian may deem proper.  The giving of proper notice relieves such custodian of liability resulting from the disposal.

Statute Text: 

(a) Any animal placed in the custody of a licensed veterinarian for treatment, boarding or other care, which shall be unclaimed by its owner or his agent for a period of more than 10 days after written notice by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, to the owner or his agent at his last known address, shall be deemed to be abandoned and may be turned over to the nearest humane society, or dog pound or disposed of as such custodian may deem proper.

(b) The giving of notice to the owner, or the agent of the owner, of such animal by the licensed veterinarian, as provided in subsection (a) of this section, shall relieve the licensed veterinarian and any custodian to whom such animal may be given of any further liability for disposal.

(c) For the purpose of this Article the term "abandoned" shall mean to forsake entirely, or to neglect or refuse to provide or perform the legal obligations for care and support of an animal by its owner, or his agent. Such abandonment shall constitute the relinquishment of all rights and claims by the owner to such animal.

CREDIT(S)

Added by Laws 1973, c. 1106, § 1.

 

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