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Dogs must be leashed, in a vehicle or in an enclosure when off the dog owner's property. A dog on its owner's property must be restrained or enclosed with a fence, proper chain, etc.; or attended by a person who can control the dog. Dogs, leashed or unleashed, are not permitted in playing fields in any parks.

Dogs and cats older than four months must be vaccinated against rabies. Dogs and cats older than 3 months must have current tags available through the Chapel Hill Animal Control Office. Households are limited to having a maximum of four dogs over three months of age.

Chapel Hill Animal Control Officer: 919-942-7387

Animals – Dead Animal Removal

The Public Works Department removes dead animals from the right-of-way within town limits on town roads. The Town does not remove dead animals from yards or from the woods near a yard. Report a dead animal within town limits online or call 919-969-5100. If a citizen observes a hazardous situation during nonworking hours, call 911. For the removal of dead animals on state roads and roads outside of town limits, call the NC Department of Transportation at 1-877-368-4986.

Animal Shelter

The Orange County Animal Shelter provides adoptions, help with lost pets, and a low-cost spay/neuter program at 1601 Eubanks Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516. Info: 919-942-7387 (after noon, closed Sundays). For more information go to

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