WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.– Animal lovers in the Piedmont are once again trying to rally support for a bill that would add regulations to puppy mills or commercial dog breeding operations.
House Bill 930 would not require breeders to be inspected, register or submit to inspections like prior bills that failed, did. It would require proper housing, food, water, and exercise as set forth by the law.
“It requires food, water, exercise, a clean environment which are the very basic necessities to having an animal. There is nothing about this unreasonable,” said Jennifer Tierney with Furever Friends.
Breeders found violating the regulations could face misdemeanor charges and fines ranging from $425 to $1,000.
Tara Stebbins adopted her dog in Union County after it was confiscated from a suspected puppy mill.
Chrissie, the dog, has a permanently injured leg and no teeth due to her former living conditions.
Stebbins said this bill would keep dogs like Chrissie from suffering.
“It’s a start, it’s absolutely a start. We have to be able to regulate and make a change,” said Stebbins.
Current laws do not regulate dog breeding operations. The only time law enforcement can move in is when the conditions constitute animal cruelty.
The bill is currently being debated in the State House.
Rep. Pricey Harrison, a Democrat from Guilford County, is a co-sponsor of the bill.