The Humane Society of the United States has released its 2010 "Humane State Ranking," a comprehensive report rating all 50 states on a wide range of animal protection laws.
North Carolina is ranked #32. The state received a score of 23 out of 65.
The Humane Society noted that North Carolina has made cockfighting a felony, passed a pet protection line in 2009, upgraded animal cruelty laws and requires licensing of puppy mills. But the society also reports the state does not require inspection or a limit to the number of animals in those facilities.
California ranked #1 with a score of 45 out of 65. South Dakota was last.
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