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Puppy mill bill dies in House committee

Posted July 2, 2010

— Legislation that would have set standards for dog breeders has failed in the state House.

Senate Bill 460 passed the Senate last year but has languished in the House since then. Lawmakers don't expect any action on the bill before they adjourn next week.

The measure would have required breeders with at least 15 female dogs and 30 puppies to be licensed and to provide their animals with adequate daily exercise and housing.

The bill was introduced after the seizure of almost 300 dogs in February 2009 from what authorities say was a puppy mill in Wayne County.

Opponents said other laws already cover the issue, so another one wasn't needed.

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  • newhopeturkey Jul 7, 2010

    Harrigan's comments perfectly show both a person filled with anger and the low intelligence required to turn what had been a very civil discussion into a personal attack. Thank you for your comments. Your rant is below me and the facts are what they are, current laws work--legislators agreed. This discussion would not have been necessary if radical groups such as HSUS and PETA hadn't FUNDED this unecessary measure to give them the green-light to harass the responsible breeders in our state. You offer no reasonable defense for your stance because there is none--this was an unecessary bill. Your anger is clear, the lack of reason in your post is also. You have no argument for the defeated bill--there is none, you helped prove my point, THANK YOU-- and legislators, THANK YOU for a job well done. I'm finished with this discussion..

  • rescuefan Jul 2, 2010

    Read newhopeturkey's comments and you will see how the NRA was involved. And there aren't enough laws covering this issue at this time.

  • pyrosinthesky Jul 2, 2010

    I believe there are already laws covering this. Why do we need a duplicate law?

    And Rescue, what the heck does the NRA have to do with this? I agree with you totally about puppy mills, but that comment is way off base.

  • newhopeturkey Jul 2, 2010

    There seems to be some confusion about the special interest involvement in NC concerning this situation. The NRA and others stepped up to help the citizens fight a terrible bill that was sponsored by powerful special interest groups, (HSUS, PETA) with a radical agenda that specialize in deception to sway public opinion while hiding their ultimate goal. The HSUS and similar organizations are NOT animal lovers--look at how THEY spend their money. They don't save animals, improve habitat or animal welfare in any way. Their goal is to give animals the same rights God gave man. No one has tried to or can justify or defend the actions of the breeder in the Feb. 09 case. They got just what they deserved, the business was raided, animals rescued, and owner prosecuted. All of this under current laws. Again, I am thankful our legislators had the good judgement not to be swayed by these powerful, radical special interest groups.

  • rescuefan Jul 2, 2010

    "The special interests (HSUS) sponsored this unnecessary bill. They deceptively showed the footage from Feb. 09 over and over and over to make the problem seem larger than it is. The laws already in place handled the situation adequately. Good job legislators of listening to the will of the people and not the few with a radical agenda.
    newhopeturkey"

    The problem is much larger than you seem to want to believe. The legislators are NOT listening to the will of the people, they are listening to the likes of the NRA. Please, they don't listen to the people who have elected them when there are "bigger fish" who can fund their next campaign. Animal welfare is sorely lacking in NC. We have the highest euthanasia rate in the US in our shelters. Yup, these puppymills who horribly mistreat their animals and deprive them of even the most basic care should be allowed to continue. Ridiculous!

  • newhopeturkey Jul 2, 2010

    The special interests (HSUS) sponsored this unnecessary bill. They deceptively showed the footage from Feb. 09 over and over and over to make the problem seem larger than it is. The laws already in place handled the situation adequately. Good job legislators of listening to the will of the people and not the few with a radical agenda.

  • meta4csw Jul 2, 2010

    That is pitiful politics at its worst. Next time they convene WE must be noisier than they can ignore.

  • rescuefan Jul 2, 2010

    It's disgusting that the special interest groups fought this law and that the legislators allowed themselves to be swayed.

  • Ladybug Jul 2, 2010

    It's a real shame that this did not make the vote. More suffering for animals. I don't know why this had to go to the Legislator anyway. Perdue, just make the law.....