The North Carolina House passed a budget amendment last week designed to shut down puppy mills in the state. The amendment expands the definition of a dealer in the Animal Welfare Section to include commercial dogs breeders who have ten or more female dogs. The amendment exempts breeders of hunting dogs. The amendment was introduced by Representative Jason Saine of Lincoln County.
N.C. Governor Pat McCrory mentioned the rescue last Thursday (June 12) of 56 dogs from a suspected puppy mill behind a home in Rutherfordton and at two other locations in Rutherford County as evidence that North Carolina continues to be a haven for puppy mill operators. Governor McCrory says the new amendment will help stop unscrupulous puppy mill operators who take advantage of the state’s lack of regulations.
To improve coordination with local law enforcement officials, budgets recommended by Governor McCrory and the North Carolina House would shift the state’s animal welfare section from the Department of Agriculture to the Department of Public Safety.