Monday, March 9, 2009

NC- Bills Aim to Regulate Breeders

Monday, March 09, 2009]
North Carolina House Bill 460, sponsored by Representative Maggie Jeffus of Greensboro and Representative Margaret Highsmith Dickson of Fayetteville, and its companion bill, Senate Bill 460, sponsored by Senators Don Davis of Snow Hill and Senator Don Vaughan of Greensboro, have been filed. The bills seek to regulate the commercial breeding of dogs in North Carolina. The American Kennel Club—with its operations center located in Raleigh—and its North Carolina federation, the North Carolina Federation of Dog Clubs, oppose this legislation. While these bills are not carbon copies of the breeder regulatory bills introduced throughout the nation since the start of the new year that signify a radical national agenda aimed at severely limiting the ownership of dogs, these bills are unnecessary, as current North Carolina law is effective in dealing with animal abuse and mistreatment.

HB 460/SB 460:
* Define "commercial breeder" as "any person who, during any 12-month period, maintains 15 or more adult female dogs for the primary purpose of the sale of their offspring as companion animals. However, neither terms "adult" nor "companion animals" are defined in the bill or statutorily, which makes this definition, as currently worded, vague. Additionally, the numerical threshold contained in the definition could reasonably affect many hunting and performance kennels in the Tarheel State.

* Require commercial breeders to be licensed by the state, at a cost of $50 annually.

* Call for the NC Board of Agriculture to develop standards of care, including exercise, veterinary care, housing, and record-keeping, at commercial breeding operations. These standards will be different than standards created for animal shelters, boarding kennels, and pet shops.

* Limit those classified and licensed as commercial breeders to breeding dogs only between 18 months and eight years of age, without regard to alternative means of reproduction or the health of female dogs not falling into the prescribed age range.

* Subject commercial breeding operations to unannounced inspections, including potential warrantless searches of licensees’ homes. Denial of inspections/searches is ground for license revocation and seizure of dogs, regardless of care being given to dogs.

The North Carolina Animal Welfare Act, as provided in Article 3 of Chapter 19A of the North Carolina General Statutes, already effectively deals with animal abuse or mistreatment, making the substance of HB 460/SB 460 unnecessary.


Concerned responsible dog breeders and owners in North Carolina are encouraged to contact the bills’ sponsors and respectfully urge them amend the bills appropriately.

Representative Maggie Jeffus
NC House of Representatives
16 W. Jones Street, Room 2204
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096
(919) 733-5191

Representative Margaret Highsmith Dickson
NC House of Representatives
16 W. Jones Street, Room 2217
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096
(919) 733-5776

Senator Don Davis
NC Senate
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 526
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
(919) 733-5621

Senator Don Vaughan
NC Senate
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 411
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
(919) 733-5856


Anonymous said...

If this bill and its contents are unnecessary, then why did these lawmakers draft it? Who wrote it & why?

memyself said...

To answer your question. There are many unnecessary bills that are drafted anually that are not necessary.. Why do people do redundant or unnecessary things all the time. All this bill will do is undermine those who are honest such as the small breeder who breeds for quality and betterment of a particular breed and do not need more regulations to begin with and it will allow those that do need to be stopped too continue to get by such as the puppy mills, those who do not breed for the betterment or quality but for quantity. If this bill passes it is a violation and stripping of the rights of the small breeder who truly cares for thier dogs. I hope that the citizens will consider this and logically look at it from the stand point of what it will do to the quality of the dogs they get because if small breeders who truly care for the dogs are forced out the quality of the dogs available to the public will suffer because all you will be left with is those who care about the quantity they produce as well it will drive up the cost of lower quality animals because that will be all that is available.... write your legislators to stop this bill.