§ 16-54. Area-wide emergency quarantine.
Quarantine ordered. When reports indicate a positive diagnosis of rabies in an animal found within 
Henderson County or any adjacent County, the County Director of Public Health may order an
area-wide quarantine for such period, as he/she deems necessary. Upon invoking such emergency
quarantine, no dog or cat may be taken or shipped from the County without written permission of
the County Director of Public Health. The Director of Public Health can place a moratorium on
adoptions of animals from the County Shelter.  All Animal Services and law enforcement officers
are duly authorized by North Carolina General Statutes § 130A-195 to seize, impound or shoot
any dog or cat found not under control in the County during an emergency quarantine. During the
quarantine period, the County Director of Public Health shall be empowered to provide for a
program of mass immunization by the establishment of temporary emergency rabies vaccination
facilities strategically located throughout the County.
Extension of quarantine. In the event there are additional positive cases of rabies occurring during 
the period of quarantine, such period of quarantine may be extended at the discretion of the 
County Director of Public Health.