4.1 Responsibilities of Handler or Owner
When animals are permitted, the animal must be under direct control of the handler or owner at all times. The handler or owner is responsible for promptly cleaning up any animal waste.
4.2 Licensing and Vaccination Requirements
Any animal permitted on campus must be licensed and/or vaccinated as required by state or local laws.
4.3 Unsupervised Animals
Any unsupervised or uncontrolled animal on college property may be trapped or otherwise restrained by NVCC employees, Facilities Services personnel, College Police or their designee. Unless the owner can be quickly identified, an animal that is trapped as the result of being unsupervised or uncontrolled will be turned over to the local animal control authorities.
Staff who discover animals (domestic or wildlife) in buildings or classrooms should contact Facilities Services for assistance if the animal cannot be safely apprehended.
4.4 Sick, Diseased, or Dangerous Animals
Any dog or cat, for which no proof of current rabies vaccination is available, which has bitten a person on College owned or controlled property and is subsequently trapped shall be turned over to the local animal control authorities.
4.5 Fraudulent Representation of a Service Dog
Fraudulent representation of a service dog is a Class 4 misdemeanor in Virginia. In the event that an individual is discovered knowingly and willfully misrepresenting that a dog is a service dog or hearing dog, the College may pursue legal actions and other administrative sanctions.
Local county ordinances, as well as state and federal regulations, will be followed in regards to animal control and enforcement.
Any animal discovered on College owned or controlled property in violation of this policy may be impounded and turned over to the appropriate local animal control authority. Any law-enforcement officer may request assistance from local animal control to lawfully seize and impound any animal that has been abandoned on College owned or controlled property, has been cruelly treated, or is suffering to a degree that has rendered the animal in such a condition as to constitute a direct and immediate threat to its life, safety or health.
College Police may forcibly enter a motor vehicle in order to remove an unattended companion animal that is at risk of serious bodily injury or death.
4.7 Policy Review
This policy must be reviewed every three years commencing on the first anniversary of the policy’s effective date and revised, as needed.