NC's first lady speaks out on puppy mills

Posted May 8, 2013
Updated May 9, 2013

— North Carolina first lady Ann McCrory is known to be a very private person – no fan of political battles over public policy.

But Wednesday night, she made her first foray into public advocacy on behalf of a bill requiring commercial dog breeders to meet basic animal welfare standards.

The proposal, House Bill 930, made it through House Judiciary B Committee earlier in the day, but only after it was watered down in committee. Sponsors said a stronger bill wouldn't make it through a House vote. 

It may be in trouble, regardless.

Under normal House rules, the bill should be on Thursday's floor calendar, but it isn't listed, which likely indicates a lack of support from the majority caucus. 

Ann McCrory seems to be seeking to bolster that support with the following letter on her official state letterhead:

Dear Judiciary B members,

I am writing to thank you for your unanimous support of House Bill 930. Passing legislation to establish basic standards of care for large commercial dog breeding facilities is a very important issue to me and to people across our state.

I especially wish to thank Representatives Saine, McGrady and Brown for their leadership on this issue. I hope you and other members of the General Assembly will continue to advocate for this bill and other legislation establishing higher standards for commercial breeders.

These policies increase our quality of life in North Carolina and ensure better care for dogs across the state. You have my full support. Thank you again.

The governor and first lady have a Labrador retriever named Mo.


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  • ylisabet2 May 13, 2013

    Too bad she wasn't around to help put a stop to the stupid 'Opossum Right to Work' bill....try helping to protect our wildlife from the uninformed persons in our legislature!!!!

  • GravyPig May 9, 2013

    On second thought, at least she is fighting for something. It appears that she doesn't want to get into politics but she at least has some passion.

  • GravyPig May 9, 2013

    "I knew the general assembly hated most people. I wasn't aware they didn't care much for puppies, either."

    Didn't you know? They have contests before lunch to see who can drown a puppy fastest. Loser buys lunch for the whole assembly.

    "North Carolina first lady Ann McCrory is known to be a very private person – no fan of political battles over public policy."

    Not a fan of political battles unless they have a wet nose and floppy ears.

  • apexdad2000 May 9, 2013

    I only clicked to make sure she didn't favor puppy mills. You never know what's gonna be introduced next at the legislature the way things are going.

  • yellowhorses May 9, 2013

    Yes it is important to me as well, but in a different way. Do not pass the bill. Leave people alone. Folks, the correct solution is, if you buy a dog or dogs, make sure you are buying from a reputable person.

    That was the tact that previous general assembly's felt. Guess what - it doesn't work.

    It's time to get more pro-active in passing good legislation and to amp up the penalties when the laws are broken.

  • goldenosprey May 9, 2013

    Watered down?

    I knew the general assembly hated most people. I wasn't aware they didn't care much for puppies, either.

  • JohnnyMcRonny May 9, 2013

    Adopt. End of story.

  • Relic May 9, 2013

    "She and her husband couldn't care less how the poor and downtrodden in our society are treated, just so long as the dogs are treated better."

    Oh, please. Do you still have your old Che poster on the wall and a USSR flag? She and her husband could fund a soup kitchen, find homes for homeless kittens and dogs and liberals and democrats would still find fault in everything they do. "Puppy Mills" have no business in operation. They are unsafe, unsanitary and just plain wrong.

  • Terkel May 9, 2013

    Too bad some non-achievers are so steeped in bitterness and wealth envy that they can't see the suffering of helpless animals.

    "The poor and the downtrodden" soaking up benefits and making more unloved kids/future criminals instead of working should volunteer at animal shelters instead of whining incessantly for more free stuff. They can get that stream of job offers on their free cell phones they claim they need for that purpose.

  • lec02572 May 9, 2013

    Passing this bill should be a no brainer. Its time to take a harder stand against puppy mills. We also much stonger bills concerning dog fighting. Pass this bill now! Those of you who do not support giving animals the basic needs and care should never be allowed to own animals. If you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem.