The Moore County Health Department, through Moore County Animal Control, is responsible for animal control in Moore County, including Southern Pines. Moore County Animal Control is primarily responsible for enforcing all laws of the state and all ordinances of the county pertaining to animals and cooperating with local law enforcement in fulfilling this duty; enforcing all laws pertaining to rabies control; investigation of all animal bites and quarantine of any domestic animal suspected of having rabies; canvasses for the propose of ascertaining compliance with rabies statutes; investigation of cruelty cases; investigation of nuisance situations; investigation of vicious or dangerous dogs; impoundment of stray domestic animals. Animal Control is not responsible for, or licensed to deal with any situation concerning wildlife, unless a rabies issue is suspected. Animal Control operates during normal business hours of 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. An On Call Officer is available for emergency situation thru 911 after hours and on the weekends and holidays. (SOURCE: Moore County Animal Control website). The On Call Policy and more information about Animal Control is listed on their website. If you see a stray dog or cat, contact Moore County Animal Control at (910) 947-2858. Animal Control will place traps to capture stray animals in a humane way but needs the permission of the property owner to place the traps. Remember that Town of Southern Pines Code of Ordinances prohibits allowing an animal to run at large. “Running at Large” means “Off the premises of the owner, and not under the control of the owner or a member of his or her immediate family or other authorized person either by leash, cord, chain, or other tangible device.” (SOURCE: Town of Southern Pines Code of Ordinances Chapter 91).