Ann Church: Pass puppy mill bill

November 29, 2013 

Gov. Pat McCrory and his wife Ann have continued to increase awareness of North Carolina’s puppy mill issue with the recent animal adoption event held at the executive mansion (Nov. 17 news story).

It has been well-documented that puppy mill dogs are treated like products and usually housed in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions without adequate care. Currently, 29 states have laws regulating breeders who sell to the public, but sadly North Carolina is not one of them. This means North Carolina puppy mills are not required to be licensed, let alone inspected.

As more states pass strong commercial breeding laws, unscrupulous breeders flock to states with lax regulations. This is why it’s critical that North Carolina lawmakers implement measures to keep their state from becoming a magnet for breeders who have no regard or compassion for the animals in their care. Lawmakers – and 87 percent of North Carolina voters – agree, which is why Rep. Jason Saine introduced H.B. 930. In addition, more than 2,700 North Carolina residents have taken the ASPCA’s No Pet Store Puppies pledge, agreeing not to buy any items – including food, supplies or toys – from stores or websites that sell puppies.

Ann Church

Vice President of State Affairs, ASPCA

New York

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