02 NCAC 52J .0202          INDOOR FACILITIES

(a)  Indoor housing facilities for dogs and cats shall be adequately heated and cooled when necessary to protect the dogs and cats from cold and excessive heat and provide for their health and comfort.  The ambient temperature shall not be allowed to fall below 50 degrees F. or exceed 85 degrees F.

(b)  Indoor housing facilities for dogs and cats shall be adequately ventilated to provide for the health and comfort of the animals at all times.  The facilities shall be provided with fresh air either by means of windows, doors, vents or air conditioning and shall be ventilated so as to minimize drafts.  Air flow shall be adequate to minimize odors and moisture condensation. 

(c)  Indoor housing facilities for dogs and cats shall have adequate illumination to permit routine inspections, maintenance, cleaning and housekeeping of the facility and observation of the animals.  Illumination shall provide regular diurnal lighting cycles of either natural or artificial light, uniformly diffused throughout the animal facilities.

(d)  Interior building surfaces of indoor facilities with which animals come in contact shall be constructed and maintained so that they are impervious to moisture, and can be readily sanitized.

(e)  A suitable method of drainage shall be provided to rapidly eliminate excess water from an indoor housing facility.  If closed drain systems are used, they shall be equipped with traps and installed to prevent odors and backup of sewage.  The drainage system shall be constructed to prevent cross-contamination among animals.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 19A-24;

Eff. April 1, 1984;

Amended Eff. January 1, 2005.