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AKC has concerns about puppy mill proposals in NC

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The American Kennel Club is opposing two measures being considered by the North Carolina General Assembly, with one being a shift in how puppy mills are monitored and the other proposed commercial dog breeder regulation.

Gov. Pat McCrory, in May, proposed shifting the state’s animal welfare section to the Department of Public Safety.

McCrory made that proposal when he presented his budget in May. McCrory said that would allow the state to better coordinate animal abuse such as puppy mills.

McCrory’s wife, Ann, has been a major proponent of animal rights.

Also, Rep. Jason Saine of Lincolnton has proposed House Bill 930, which would establish new rules for dog breeding facilities.

According to the Humane Society of North Carolina, there have been 19 “so-called” puppy mill busts in the state in the last 3 years. Almost 1500 dogs have been seized from North Carolina properties.

Just this year, there have been three puppy mill busts with hundreds of dogs and puppies rescued from properties in Duplin, Iredell and Hertford Counties.

The Humane Society also states that some of the dogs seized from the facility in Duplin County were AKC certified.

The American Kennel Club’s Operations Center is located in Raleigh. It has long been an opponent of stricter breeder laws.

But the AKC has multiple concerns with the most recent proposals.

In a letter to members of the North Carolina House dated June 5, the AKC said, “The Governor’s recommendations would create unprecedented new regulation based on the ownership of private property, create new inefficiencies as responsibilities are shifted between departments, and do nothing to improve the well-being of animals.”

It also takes issue with labeling multiple dog owners as "pet dealers" regardless of commercial or breeding activity.

AKC Government Relations Director Sheila Goffe wrote that the bill labels too many owners as “dealers” and puts animals under the jurisdiction of an agency with little animal expertise.

“The Governor’s budget recommendations violate personal property rights of North Carolina residents, would prove prohibitively expensive to taxpayers and, most importantly, would not be in the best interests of dogs in our state,” Goffe wrote.

House leaders will make their budget proposal on Tuesday at 9 a.m.

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