‘Puppy mill’ bill filed in NC House

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A bipartisan group of House lawmakers filed a bill Thursday that would define the standards of care large commercial dog breeders must provide to their dogs, WRAL reports.

House Bill 930 would require breeders with 10 or more breeding females to provide their dogs with the “basics”.

“This bill will define housing, and it will define food, water and necessary veterinary care – just very simple responsible care for animals in breeding facilities,” said Kim Alboum, state director of the Humane Society of the U.S., which is backing the measure.

According to the report, breeders found to be in violation of the requirements laid out in the bill could be charged with a misdemeanor and fined anywhere from $25 to $1,000.

Under current law, the vast majority of dog breeding operations who sell to the public in North Carolina are not regulated by either the state or federal government.

Read more at WRAL

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