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Group working on breeding law after alleged Stokes Co. puppy mill raid

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The director of the Humane Society of North Carolina said she’s working with animal control officers and legislators on a bill to regulate commercial dog breeders.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that Kim Alboum said she hopes a raid last week in Stokes County will spur the state to change its law. In that raid, 160 dogs were found sleeping in their own waste, in makeshift kennels that had exposed wires and mice infestations.

A bill to regulate commercial breeders passed the Senate in 2009, but it died in the House after pressure from groups including the North Carolina Pork Council and the Farm Bureau.

The Humane Society said at least 19 states have some regulations for commercial dog breeders.

Officials said Sunday that the dogs seized from the alleged Stokes County puppy mill will be available for adoption within 10 to 14 days.

Most of the animals were taken to the Guilford County Animal Shelter, while the remaining dozen or so were taken to animal shelters in Charlotte and Wake County.

Workers at the Guilford County Animal Shelter said they’ve been getting about 50 calls an hour from people wanting to adopt the rescued puppies, which consisted of English and French bulldog pups, Yorkies and Shih Tzu pups.

Click here to view photos of the alleged puppy mill.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.