Support Humane Dog Breeding Law in North Carolina

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Help support and pass into law a bill that will mandate higher standards for commercial dog breeders.
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State representatives will soon be voting on what could be the first commercial breeding law in North Carolina. There are currently no legal standards for breeders in the state, which has resulted in many significant instances of animal cruelty including a recent case in which 19 dogs were taken from a Maltese breeder. No charges could be filed against the owner of the operation. Breeders are often responsible for the most heinous acts of abuse and there is absolutely no reason the welfare of these animals should continue to go unprotected.
House Bill 930, sponsored by Rep. Jason Saine, would require anyone who possesses more than nine adult female dogs to provide preventive veterinary care for the animals, safe lodging and bedding, fresh food and water, and also daily access to exercise. Failure to do so would result in criminal charges and possible fines of up to $1,000. Because of North Carolina’s weak animal cruelty laws, authorities are required to have proof of physical abuse or neglect before an arrest can be made. Representative Saine made a statement saying, “We want to give a road map for law enforcement to not have to wait for animals to be so abused and so neglected for them to act.”
Several attempts to pass legislation on the issue have already failed, and as a result, the number of puppy mill operations has dramatically increased because breeders know there are fewer regulations and less risk involved. Humane Society President Shelly Moore has spoken up about the bill and the situation in North Carolina saying, “The dogs usually aren’t shaved. They have bad teeth, bad eyes, bad feet, bad skin.” She also stated that the Humane Society used to only have to respond to around two puppy mill raids annually. Last year that number increased to six. Saine, as well as animal rights activists in the state hope that the bill will be a stepping-stone toward requiring breeders to not only be licensed, but also have to undergo frequent inspections.
Thirty-five states, including North Carolina’s neighbors Tennessee and Virginia, have already adopted laws that govern breeders who sell to the public.

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    1. Todd Roberson
      May 14, 2013 @ 8:36 PM Hey Toni you should share Pedegru with the breeder of Rhett…I’m sure they would appreciate this topic and hopefully want to share some pictures of the other wonderful dog they’ve bred.
    1. Robert Neal
      June 5, 2013 @ 7:26 AM Emily, is there any kind of update on this? The most concerning aspect of this is that the AKC is not taking more of a stand. Why wouldn't they be in favor of supporting healthy breeding standards when to my thinking this protects the breeds almost more than anything. I'm very disappointed that they make a substantial living from dogs and don't want to draw a firm line in the sand about how they're bred
    2. Robert Neal
      June 5, 2013 @ 7:27 AM I definitely feel we ought to all make a special point to write them about this - one letter is considered to reflect 1000 writing does definitely help
    1. Robin Gilliam Neal
      May 14, 2013 @ 6:44 PM Why can't more advertisements be more positive like this one? Yeah, there is? a dark side but showing animals suffering and in slow motion just make people shut down. There needs to be more of these. I think more people would be more moved to donate and help.
    1. Robin Gilliam Neal
      May 14, 2013 @ 5:55 PM Whats really sad as well, is law enforcements? hands are tide because as the deputy stated there are no laws against puppy mills. I can imagine how it must have hurt him to not be able to do what he wanted to do.
    2. Samuel Smart
      May 14, 2013 @ 6:12 PM This is probably the most graphic video I have seen? of a puppy mill. Its disgusting. I want to do something to stop these. Why are they still legal?!?!?!?
  1. B. Emily Neal
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    May 14, 2013 @ 1:34 PM

    Support Humane Dog Breeding Law in North Carolina

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