Supporters Of State Puppy Mill Bill Speak Out

Animal welfare activists are showing their support for a North Carolina bill to help prevent breeders from keeping dogs in unsanitary living conditions.

Democratic Sen. Don Davis of Greene County held a news conference Tuesday with animal activists about the measure the House finance committee will discuss this week. The Senate approved the bill last year.

The measure requires breeders with at least 15 female dogs and 30 puppies to be licensed and meet care standards such as providing adequate daily exercise and housing. The bill was introduced after the seizure of almost 300 dogs in February 2009 from what authorities say was a puppy mill in Wayne County.

More recently, a kennel owner in Greensboro was indicted on a dozen counts of cruelty to animals. Police seized about 100 dogs from the kennel in April.

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