NC Senate passes puppy mill bill
The North Carolina Senate narrowly passed a bill that will require licenses and set of basic standards for large dog breeding operations.
S.B. 460, intended to crack down on abusive puppy mills, passed the state senate by a vote of 23 to 22.
The bill calls upon the Department of Agriculture to establish basic humane care standards. It requires facilities with more than 10 female dogs and more than 30 puppies to register with the state, undergo yearly inspections and provide proper veterinary care.
The Humane Society of the United States applauded the bill’s passage.
“Citizens in North Carolina want to see the state crack down on puppy mills,” said Amanda Arrington, The HSUS’ North Carolina state director. “We urge the House to move quickly to enact this important legislation to prevent further animal suffering and protect consumers.”
In February, The HSUS and local authorities rescued more than 300 dogs from two abusive North Carolina puppy mills. The dogs were housed in filthy, cold, cramped cages without access to exercise, adequate veterinary care, or human contact. Many of the dogs were covered with feces and suffered from severe skin and eye infections. Some had chain collars embedded in their necks.
A similar bill was passed in Virginia in 2008 after a large puppy mill raid there.
Posted by John Woestendiek August 7th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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