• Summary date: Mar 10 2015 - More information

    Enacts new GS 114-8.7 requiring the Attorney General to establish the "NC Pets We Care Hotline" (hotline) to receive reports of allegations of animal cruelty or violations of the Animal Welfare Act submitted by telephone, e-mail, and Internet. Requires the Attorney General to publicize the hotline contact information. Makes reporting individuals anonymous unless they consent to having their identity disclosed. Requires allegations that are determined to possibly involve cruelty to animals to be referred to local law enforcement and allegations that may involve violations of the Animal Welfare Act to be referred to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Requires the Attorney General to record the total number of reports received and the number of reports received against any individual.

    Amends GS 7A-304 to add a $250 court fee for support in the investigation of violations of Article 47 (Cruelty to Animals) of GS Chapter 14 and Animal Welfare act violations, to be remitted to the general fund of the local governmental that investigated the crime to be used for local law enforcement. Effective January 1, 2016, and applies to fees assessed or collected on or after that date. 

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