Animal welfare legislation concerning the regulation of puppy mills in the state of North Carolina has been recently passed by the North Carolina House of Representatives. It was passed successfully on the second reading and became active as of December 1st 2013. House Bill 930 passed the House of Representative on May. 9th, and the Senate on May 13th, 2013.
On Saturday November 16th the Executive Mansion held an adoption event as part of Governor McCrory’s push to promote “pet issues” for the holidays. At least 30 dogs from the Wake County SPCA and Guilford county adoption agency were present and available for rescue. Speaking on the subject of legislation regulating large-scale dog breeding facilities North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory said, “We're going to get public involved in this process …."
Important highlights of House Bill 930 include: preventative veterinary care, daily health screenings, and proper protective enclosures. The bill sets a minimum fine of $25.00 per dog in the event that an individual is found in violation of the law. Convictions will be considered a Class 3 misdemeanor.
Severity of conviction under this new law is extremely light considering the implications of abuse. Other points that could stand improvement under the new puppy mill statute include the requirements that wire flooring must be “coated,” removal of feces must be frequent enough to not pose any health risks, and the lack of a limitation on the number of dogs that can be kept in one facility.