Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Legislate and crackdown on the puppy mills in North Carolina

The North Carolina legislature is currently considering legislation (S. 460) to crack down on puppy mills. Puppy mills are mass production facilities where dogs are stacked in filthy wire cages, with no veterinary care or human interaction, and are treated not like pets but like a cash crop. Meanwhile, puppy mill operators continue to churn out puppies for sale in pet stores, over the Internet, and directly to the public, while depriving the state of millions of dollars in sales and income tax revenues.

A recent puppy mill raid in Wayne County starkly illustrated the financial impact these facilities can have on local resources. The HSUS had to help cover the approximately $75,000 clean-up costs because the county didn't have the money to deal with so many animals in such terrible condition.

You can help change this. S. 460 would require licensing and inspections of puppy mills and would require the establishment of some basic humane standards for those facilities. It is expected to receive a vote in the Senate later this week, and it is critical that your senator hear from constituents who support this bill.

Your state senator, Daniel Clodfelter, is a strong supporter of this bill. Please make a brief phone call to Sen. Clodfelter at (919) 715-8331 to say thanks for supporting this critical legislation. When you call, remember to leave your name and address so it is clear that you are a constituent. You can say:

"Hello, my name is [your name] and I am calling from [your town] to thank Senator Clodfelter for supporting S. 460 to crack down on puppy mills. I appreciate the Senator's support and urge Senator Clodfelter to continue pushing this legislation."

Thank you for all you do for animals.


Mike Markarian
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
The Humane Society of the United States

P.S. Do you believe your puppy may have come from a puppy mill? If so, please click here to tell us your story. Be sure to provide as many details as possible.

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