A bill designed to regulate North Carolina commercial dog breeders to prevent unsanitary and cruel conditions has passed another legislative panel.
The Senate Finance Committee agreed Tuesday in a divided voice vote on a bill that would require breeders with at least 15 dogs and 30 puppies to be licensed and meet care standards. The bill is in response to February's seizure of dogs at an alleged Wayne County puppy mill.
Joe McClees with the North Carolina Sporting Dog Association said animal cruelty laws on the books now don't need to be changed. Bill sponsor Sen. Don Davis of Greene County said the bill wouldn't apply to people who keep hunting or show dogs.
A Senate judiciary panel approved the measure in April.
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