Demand Stronger Regulations for Commercial Dog Breeders


Target: North Carolina Representative Jason Saine

Goal: Pass legislation in North Carolina that would allow for stronger regulations and inspections for commercial breeding operations

Less than one year ago Representatives in North Carolina passed an amendment that would establish standards for commercial breeders, but the Senate refused to even consider the bill. The House is still pushing, however, and hopes to see tighter restrictions by 2015. Dozens of puppy mills have been shut down since the bill’s creation and passing it into law could put an end to them once and for all.

The new amendment would allow law enforcement to regularly inspect commercial breeding operations that possess at least 10 female dogs. It would also shift the responsibilities for animal welfare from the Department of Agriculture to the Department of Public Safety, which is what would give law enforcement officials the authority to inspect the breeding facilities.

Representative Jason Saine, the sponsor of the bill, said North Carolina has become a hot spot for puppy mills because nearby states are already enforcing stronger regulations. “It’s a huge issue in North Carolina,” he said. “It’s something the legislature will have to deal with because it’s a burden to local counties and local shelters.” In the past 2 years alone 17 puppy mills have been shut down throughout the state. Senator Neal Hunt said he would encourage other senators to support the legislation.  “My position is that there’s no reason not to do it, and there’s plenty reason to do it,” he said.

Animals bred in puppy mills are often subjected to abuse and neglect. Most are not registered, which makes them nearly impossible to regulate. Imposing standards and giving the Department of Public Safety authority over animal welfare would ensure that all animals raised by breeders are treated properly. A tougher bill has also been proposed for 2015 that would ban animal gas chambers and fund a statewide abuse hotline. Passing Representative Saine’s amendment into law could be a huge step toward much stronger animal welfare laws in the coming years.

Please sign the petition below to support this amendment and demand higher standards for breeders in North Carolina.


Dear Representative Saine,

You recently proposed an amendment to the current animal welfare laws in North Carolina that would create standards for commercial breeders and move animal welfare oversight to the Department of Public Safety. North Carolina has become a haven for illegal and negligent breeders because so many other states have already tightened breeding regulations. Seventeen puppy mills have already been closed in the last 2 years alone. This has to stop.

Thank you so much for your dedication to protecting animals. I strongly support this amendment and hope that the Senate will choose to support it as well.


[Your Name Here]

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