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Rescued puppies from puppy mill taking trip to Governor’s mansion

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Ten puppies that were rescued from the Pender County puppy mill will be making a trip to Raleigh to the Governor's mansion this weekend.

The ten puppies will be part of an adoption event but it's also a push for puppy mill legislation.

"There's no rules, no regulations, and no oversight," said Marsha Williams, with the Guilford County Animal Shelter.

The proposed bill would require any owner who has ten or more female puppies who are at least six months old to make sure each puppy is getting things like food and fresh water, daily exercise, and proper medical care.

"We just want the animals to be protected and have some oversight and to hold these owners of these animals accountable to make sure their pets are living a happy healthy life," Williams said.

"We're going to keep pushing for this legislation in the short session and I think one of the ways we are going to do it is we are going to get  more of the public involved in this process and not make it inside the belt line legislation and let all of North Carolina know the importance of having basic guidelines for puppy mills," said Governor Pat McCrory.

There are legitimate dog breeders out there that are doing it the right way.

"There's nothing wrong with breeding your dogs if you're going to breed them responsibly and you're going to breed them for the health and to improve that breed," Williams said.

When breeders don't take care of their dogs is when they're put in danger like the dozens of dogs who were rescued from Pender County.

"We're hoping they don't come back with us. We're hoping they find a wonderful home," Williams said.

The measure passed the House but didn't get heard in the Senate. The General Assembly reconvenes in May.

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