Demand Laws Against Puppy Mills


Target: North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory

Goal: Institute dog-breeding regulations and outlaw puppy mills

North Carolina has come under fire for lack of regulations against puppy mills. Despite a need for a bill to protect animals from cruel and inhumane puppy mill conditions, the North Carolina government has routinely refused to pass legislation. In 2014, in fact, the Senate announced that it would not consider passing dog-breeding legislation. Urge the government to enact more stringent regulations, and crack down on dog breeding operations.

In the face of public outcry and government crack-downs on puppy mills, North Carolina has become a refuge of sorts for unregulated breeding of dogs. With little to no regulations—animal control officers must first prove ‘unjustifiable pain and suffering’ according to state animal cruelty law, before busting puppy mills—animals suffer in substandard and inhumane conditions.

Breeding regulations in other surrounding states have pushed breeding toward North Carolina, with the subsequent result of increased raids on puppy mills, continued suffering of animals, and violations of basic welfare. Hundreds of thousands of dogs are euthanized in North Carolina each year, and countless others forced to live as breeders in squalid conditions. Dogs in puppy mills are often packed into tiny cages, living in their own excrement and massive ammonia build-up from urine. Some die of starvation, neglect, or malnutrition; others are literally bred to death, the strain of carrying puppies proving too much for their bodies to handle. Rescued animals are frequently in deplorable condition, emaciated or matted or suffering severe health issues.

A bill passed in 2013 does provide for minimum standards of care for ten or more dogs, but has been criticized as being watered down and ineffectual. There must be stricter regulation; that much is clear, as raids continue to turn up atrocious conditions and welfare violations.

The disregard for these animals and the cruelty suffered in the name of profit is completely unconscionable. North Carolina has gone too long without adequate regulation against puppy mills, and animals continue to suffer because of it. The legislature must take action to crack down on puppy mills.


Dear Governor Pat McCrory,

The North Carolina Senate recently stated that it will not consider enacting a puppy mill bill in 2014 despite the need to do so. Puppy mills continue to flourish in North Carolina due to nonexistent regulations, and the protective legislation that does exist specifies only minimum care requirements for ten or more dogs. With surrounding states enacting stronger laws to crack down on puppy mills, breeding has moved to North Carolina. Thousands of animals suffer in puppy mills every year, and the conditions in which they live are too often found to be completely inhumane.

I ask that you take action and implement regulations that would crack down on puppy mills, protect animals from cruel conditions, and ensure the welfare of thousands of animals. Typical conditions in puppy mills are deplorable, and animals are bred far too often and far too young, and often contained in cramped, filthy cages. They may suffer starvation or neglect, or die of preventable diseases.

Continued, unregulated breeding also worsens the problem of unwanted animals and increases the number of dogs and cats euthanized every year.

North Carolina must take action to protect these animals, and ensure an end to breeding operations.


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  1. There is no longer an excuse for this incredibly inhumane practice. We are supposed to be a civilized society.


  2. how are these cowardly shxt heads still getting away with this revolting practice, dear god these poor little creatures have not been put on this earth so they are nothing but money machines, I hate these people, any body that know of such people please always report them, lets stop the suffering of these poor dogs.

  3. North Carolina seems to have way to many unwanted puppies, and way to many sick politicians (or are they just sell outs?). This situation is obscene. Let’s get with it and at least move up into the 20th century. (You can take a little more time getting into the 21st.)

  4. Remember folks, this is in the deep South, not exactly a haven for animal rights. Only Idaho has a more dismal record for the protection of any type of wildlife or domestic animals. These people are still living in the dark ages, and refuse to move forward. Pathetic.

    • Shirley Moore says:

      Strict laws and extreme penalties are needed to protect these living, caring, feeling annals. If the money hungry “humans” are to be stopped much more must be done! Why are people so mean? The ones who do this should be put in a cage and treated the same as the dogs are treated– very inhumanly– then maybe this would end!! No living thing should be treated so disrespectful! These animals cannot say no and have no choice in the matter!! The people who do this would be mean to other people also -such as children- that cannot help themselves,

  5. Kimberley M. says:

    How backward thinking is North Carolina Governor McCrory? For you to still allow puppy mills to operate in this day and age is unconscionable! The year is 2014 Governor McCrory, and most of humanity has matured enough to realize that the inhumane and cruel treatment puppies recieve in puppy mills is inexcusable and intolerable! Isn’t it about time that North Carolina joins the rest of the country by making puppy mills illegal? I think this law is LONG OVERDUE, don’t you? Do the right thing Governor and have a heart! Stand up for helpless puppies and BAN PUPPY MILLS COMPLETELY!

  6. Puppy mills are disgusting and inhumane! My heart goes out to all those poor, poor, poor animals who suffer from this torturous life! Wish the humans who do this could instantly be ‘taken out’! Grrrrrrrrr

  7. Carol Foley says:

    Why do we let this keep happening, it is cruel and inhumane why do we let these animals suffer. Its about time we all stood to gether (it’s called people power) and demand these puppy mills be stopped.After all the government work for us we put them in power, they should listen.

  8. Ellis Toscano says:

    Wonder how it feels to be a state known for cruelty and cave man mentality.

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