Senate Panel Okays Puppy Mill Law

Commercial dog breeders would have to be licensed in North Carolina and meet minimum care standards for their animals under legislation approved by a Senate committee.

The measure approved Thursday comes in response to the seizure of nearly 300 dogs at a Wayne County facility that authorities said appeared to be a puppy mill.

Bill proponents argued before the Senate Commerce Committee that the provision would close a gap in state law that already regulates pet shops, kennels and animal dealers for research.

Lobbyist Henri McClees works with the North Carolina Sporting Dog Association and said the bill would create a "dog police force" to help enforce animal abuse laws.

The measure now goes to the Senate Finance Committee.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Bob Location: Mathews on Oct 9, 2011 at 05:32 AM
    You first have to remove the trashy lobbyist Henri McClees. Let's clean up NC and get rid off puppy mills.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on May 1, 2009 at 07:25 AM
    Puppy mills suck! Get them out of North Carolina from now until the revelation.
  • by William Location: ENC on Apr 30, 2009 at 07:52 PM
    It just goes to show that DOGGED determination really pays off.
  • by Dave Location: Tied up in a closet on Apr 30, 2009 at 03:53 PM
    This story is really for the DOGS.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 30, 2009 at 02:18 PM
    Tracy, I agree, there are more than enough dogs and cats already dying in shelters because there are not enough homes for them all. The animals will be lucky if this passes. Outlawing puppy mills will probably have to happen one small step at a time. People who run puppy mills are not want to have these inspections, if it passes, and it will hopefull force some of them out of business.
  • by dshar Location: goldsboro on Apr 30, 2009 at 02:16 PM
    Puppy mills altogether should be outlawed. Furthermore, they should throw that thornton woman behind bars for the rest of her life. I adopted a dog that came from this mill and one of her puppies. She is the sweetest, most gentlest dog. It breaks my heart to even think of what she had to go through. virginia thorton and her kind should rot in hell.
  • by Tracy Location: NB on Apr 30, 2009 at 01:46 PM
    Why don't they just do away with puppy mills all together. Everbody should adopt from a shelter or animal rescue organization. Just outlaw the whole puppy mill industry and stick with enforcing it.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 30, 2009 at 01:13 PM
    Its a start, just hope that something will make sure other animals do not end up in bad situations.
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