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'Puppy mill' bill filed in NC House

Posted April 11, 2013

— A bipartisan group of House lawmakers filed a bill Thursday that would define the standards of care large commercial dog breeders must provide to their dogs.

"This bill will create standards under our animal cruelty statute so that animal control officers will have some tools when they go into these facilities with unscrupulous breeders," said Kim Alboum, state director of the  Humane Society of the U.S., which is backing the measure.

It's a pretty limited toolbox. House Bill 930 is a very modest bill compared to others that failed in recent sessions. It would not require breeders to register, be licensed or submit to regular inspections.

The bill would only require breeders with 10 or more breeding females to provide their dogs with the basics. 

"This bill will define housing, and it will define food, water and necessary veterinary care – just very simple responsible care for animals in breeding facilities," Alboum said.

Breeders found to be in violation of the requirements laid out in the bill could be charged with a misdemeanor and fined anywhere from $25 to $1,000. 

Under current law, the vast majority of dog breeding operations who sell to the public in North Carolina are not regulated by either the state or federal government.    

"We hope that all parties can be happy with it," Alboum said. "It's been a four-year battle to get to this point of this compromise bill. We just hope that this bill will move forward this year." 

The sponsors of the measure are Rep. Jason Saine, R-Lincoln, Rep. Nathan Ramsey R-Buncombe, Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson, and Rep. Rayne Brown, R-Davidson. Rep. Pricey Harrison, D-Guilford, is co-sponsor.

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  • clelliotthill1 Apr 14, 9:40 a.m.

    This bill is a no-brainer and is due no more than 5 minutes that it will take to refer it the GA graveyard. NC already has enough good laws to deal with animal abuse. This is another one of HSUS's vegan animal rights attempts to get "get the Camel's nose in the tent". The Greenville Daily Reflector quotes the NC HSUS Director as saying, "ANIMAL RIGHTS IN NC WILL PROGRESS IN BABY STEPS" People should not be deceived. Washington DC's HSUS has a hidden vegan/animal rights agenda to put us all out of the animal breeding/ownership/sales business--"one BABY STEP at-a-time"--including our FOOD, SERVICE, and COMPANION ANIMAL industries.

    Remember, hunters often have 10 or more females in their dog hunting packs and breed/sell pups to fellow hunters.

    I'm thankful the HSUS Director of NC is pushing passage of this bill. In the past 4 years--her "death-kiss" has equaled(=)DOA.

    Charlie E.

  • clelliotthill1 Apr 13, 10:53 p.m.

    We already have criminal statues to address such issues of abuse and they apply to all breeders--not just those with 10 females. HSUS's K. Albourn has a hidden vegan/animal rights agenda to put us out of all breeding/ownership/sales business--including our FOOD, SERVICE and COMPANION ANIMAL industries. Albourn was quoted, "Animal Rights in NC will progress in BABY STEPS"(Greenville Daily Reflector). It should take only 5 more minutes to kill this bad bill--and that's as it should be. The GA does not have time to waste on a bill that is already doomed to die.

    This is not about Republicans vs Democrats; remember, it was the Democrats that killed SB-460. The vegan/animal rights agenda that Washington DC's HSUS wants for NC--NC does not need.

  • goldenosprey Apr 12, 1:01 p.m.

    The bill is weak as water. Not surprising, as we would not want the gov to interfere with business... And all the high-pollutin' big agri slaughterhouses and Troxlerites fighting against any animal cruelty standards whatsoever.

  • peace2u Apr 12, 12:55 p.m.

    Not good enough!!

  • FailedGroupTherapy Apr 12, 12:17 p.m.

    Why not include rescues and shelters as well?...some of those can be every bit as bad (or worse)...or used as a cover to make obscene amounts of money 'adopting' animals out.

  • FailedGroupTherapy Apr 12, 12:11 p.m.

    ..."They helped to expose the puppy mill in Sampson County recently which if left to local resources & people,, those animals would have NEVER been rescued."...

    Expose...raid...and lobby to push their agenda of eliminating use of animals for anything. How many of those animals did H$U$ actually shelter/foster/adopt...keep and care for...for more than 5 minutes after the cameras stopped rolling? That's right...individual local volunteers and rescue organizations. And why is it many are usually shipped North? Read their state laws...the answer is there. That and the fact that these 'horribly treated animals' would need months of care but are 'magically' well enough to adopt a week later up there.
    The farmers are fightiung this because it is well known that these 'puppy mill bills' are just a foot in the door...pass one Bill and it can be ammended later in any way to serve their purpose.

  • 1waves Apr 12, 11:43 a.m.

    How about minimum standards to combat diploma mills?

  • 4Dawgs Apr 12, 11:38 a.m.

    I'm not a bleeding heart as one poster commented. I usually voted Republican, but I may not the next election for state house and senate. As far as this one bill,these legislators are fully in the pocket of hog and poultry producers who are vehemently fighting any puppy mill bill.
    And for the poster about the HSUS. They helped to exxpose the puppy mill in Sampson County recently which if left to local resources & people,, those animals would have NEVER been rescued.

  • FailedGroupTherapy Apr 12, 11:24 a.m.

    ...The bill would only require breeders with 10 or more breeding females to provide their dogs with the basics.

    "This bill will define housing, and it will define food, water and necessary veterinary care – just very simple responsible care for animals in breeding facilities," Alboum said. ...

    If I remember correctly the Animal Welfare Act already covers this...as does current NC animal cruelty Statutes. H$U$ sticking their noses in again...all that money and they do not even run a single shelter. If they took ALL those millions of dollars they get in donations, and offered free spay/neuters to 'pet owners', this would not be an issue with breeders providing a service and preserving purebred bloodlines for future pet owners.
    If you are going to donate PLEASE give your money to a local shelter or humane society...not those H$U$ lobbyists.

  • lec02572 Apr 12, 11:12 a.m.

    This is what legislators do when they want to say that they have addressed the concerns of the people they serve withoug actually doing anything. The can always say, "I did what I could do. Well, this is a stare." They have no intention of really putting some bite into the bill. Make the fine start at $1000.00 and go up to $10,000.00 if you really are concerned and not just playing with those that you serv.

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