House member makes another run at 'puppy mill' regulations

Posted February 24

— For the past two sessions, Rep. Jason Saine, R-Lincoln, has led a bipartisan group of House members to pass legislation seeking basic regulation of large commercial dog-breeding operations, but the proposals have stopped cold in the Senate.

Saine, who this week filed House Bill 179, is hoping changes in the Senate will make this third time the charm.

North Carolina is one of few states in the country that has no oversight of so-called "puppy mills." It's also been the location of many large puppy mill busts, including one last September near Charlotte that netted more than 130 animals.

Saine said he pledged to file a bill each session after he was involved in a puppy mill bust as a volunteer firefighter, an experience he described as horrific.

The bill would require the owners of 10 or more female dogs who breed puppies for sale to meet basic standards for providing food and water, medical care, housing, exercise and hygiene for the animals.

"The problem continues to compound, and I know that folks in the Senate are often hearing from folks in their district as we have puppy mill busts all across this state. We know it's a problem," Saine said.

Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick, has opposed Saine's proposals in the past, and the veterinarian is now the chairman of the powerful Senate Rules Committee, which controls the flow of bills through the chamber.

Rabon and the American Kennel Club, which has lobbied against breeder regulations, argue that such legislation, if approved, could lead to burdensome rules for liverstock operations as well.

"We’ve had, I think, majorities in the Senate before that would have supported it if it could just get to a committee or the floor in the Senate," Saine said. "I do feel hopeful that folks are willing to work on this issue and put that issue behind us."


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  • Sue Sloan Feb 27, 2:05 p.m.
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    Those who do not support these regulations will be remembered at election time! This is a disgrace for North Carolina!

  • Edward Anderson Feb 27, 1:55 p.m.
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    According to the article new puppy mill regulations will create "burdensome rules for liverstock operations" What's a liverstock operation? How do these things even get past the most ancient spell-checking software?

  • Lori De Stefano Feb 27, 12:23 p.m.
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    Why should dogs even falls into the same category as livestock??? That's just stupid, we don't raise them for food. Puppy Mills need to go away an those so-called breeders need to face animal abuse and neglect charges

  • Clarence Hill Feb 25, 9:42 p.m.
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    Note: The WRAL artice covering Rep. Seine's socalled puppy mill bill is too simular to one posted before and could be a duplicate.

  • Clarence Hill Feb 25, 9:26 p.m.
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    No suprise; same vegan/animal right crowd back again. Kim Albourn, former NC HSUS Director was quoted by the Greenville Daily Reflector as saying , concerning the old dog breeding bill, "Animal-rights (ARs) in NC will progress in BABY STEPS". Some of us have never forgotten that HSUS/Albourn comment and NEVER WILL. (We believed her and should you.) Folks this is not just about cats and dogs. HSUS and PETA are trying to end all NC animal agriculture and take the meat off our dinner tables. These vegan/ARs advocates are motivated by the belief that "ANY HUMAN CONTACT, WITH ANY ANIMAL, FOR ANY DOMESTICATED PURPOSE--EQUALS (=) ANIMAL ABUSE". Just think what it would be like to go into a grocery store without a meat counter. If you own even one animal (kitten or puppy)--you are a target of HSUS/PETA--after they get through their "BABY STEPPING.

  • Maureen Mercer Feb 24, 11:21 p.m.
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    Wish puppy mills could be banned all together. No one should breed 10 or more dogs regardless of their sexes.