Newton City Council adopts animal cruelty ordinance

NEWTON, NC (Jan. 9, 2014) – The Newton City Council on Jan. 7, 2014 adopted an ordinance pertaining to animal cruelty which stipulates that all animals must be kept and treated under sanitary and humane conditions with adequate food, water and shelter.

Newton Police Chief Don Brown said the ordinance mirrors Catawba County’s ordinance that is already in place. As such, the county can conduct animal enforcement procedures when the City’s officer is unavailable.


The newly adopted ordinance specifies that animals must be given a suitable quantity of food, a supply of clean, fresh, portable water and adequate shelter from the weather at all times. The ordinance provides examples of violations of animal cruelty, such as chaining or tethering an animal to a stationary object for a period of time or leaving an animal in a closed vehicle or other enclosure.


The ordinance does not apply to agencies conducting biomedical research or training, the production of livestock or poultry for sale as a consumer product and the lawful destruction of any animal for the purpose of protecting livestock, poultry or humans.


In the case of a violation, the police may seize the animal or issue a civil penalty or criminal summons to the animal owner.