State lawmakers looking to clean up NC puppy mills - WNCT

State lawmakers looking to clean up NC puppy mills

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

There are as many as 300 puppy mills in North Carolina.

That's according to animal rights groups.

Lawmakers in Raleigh are hoping to clean them up.
     
The House passed a bi-partisan "Dog Breeding Standards Bill". It regulates breeders with 10 or more breeding dogs.
     
This bill would require them to have food, water, clean bedding and veterinary care. If not, the breeders could face a misdemeanor charge.
     
Animal rights advocates said, since our state doesn't regulate breeders, it's become a hot spot for puppy mills.

"Law enforcement has to wait until the animals are in dire need before they can act. That's why we need these specifications to make it easier to police the bad actors," said Rep. Jason Saine, primary bill sponsor, Republican.

North Carolina's first lady Ann McCrory, who usually keeps a low profile, has thrown her support behind the bill. She even made an appearance Thursday, watching as the bill passed 100 to 15.

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