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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  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jun 23, 2010 at 12:27 AM
    Un-Godly: It's been done. You don't read enough history books. Steve: Good heads up to read the entire bill. We far too often get suckered into believing a bill is just the most promoted piece we hear about. Anyone supporting it is probably well-advised to read it in detail. Someone always has to tack something on. We learned that about the healthcare thing, right? The primary thing seen here is great though... puppy mills are a horror & need to be dealt with. Re the fishing tournament... I have no issue with them catching a big fish. My problem is they won't eat the blasted thing.
  • by Steve Location: Ayden on Jun 22, 2010 at 07:07 PM
    Be careful with this bill folks. This is a anti-hunting bill. Davis is in the pocket of the humane society of the US. They believe in NO hunting, NO fishing, and NO eating of animals.
  • by Un-Godly on Jun 22, 2010 at 04:52 PM
    People spout off about the Big Rock tournament. Say the fish are exploited. These puppy mills are despicable! The people that run them might mean well, but it's like I always say, "Would you want a higher species to do this to you?" It's UnGodly to even conceive such an idea. But then, you'd have to believe in God to understand that, which is no longer PC. I'm thinking of opening a human mill. I have a line on some Haitians and Cubans...I guess I can raise them in the garage. A bit of dry food and water shouldn't cost much and I can get top dollar for the babies.
  • by I wonder on Jun 22, 2010 at 12:18 PM
    This bill seems like it is difficult to be against....
  • by Anonymous on Jun 22, 2010 at 11:51 AM
    Sen. Davis is a good man with high morals and I am glad that he is taking the steps to ensure the fair treatment of these animals!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 22, 2010 at 11:33 AM
    Long past due.

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