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NC ALERT: Senate Bill 460 Passes First Committee

Senate Bill 460, a bill which regulates breeders and infringes on the rights of responsible dog...

Senate Bill 460, a bill which regulates breeders and infringes on the rights of responsible dog owners, passed the North Carolina Senate Commerce Committee today.  The bill now goes to the Senate Finance Committee.  The Finance hearing could be scheduled for as early as next Tuesday.  It is essential that responsible dog owners and breeders contact the Senate Finance Committee TODAY and ask them to oppose Senate Bill 460.

The American Kennel Club is appalled by the conditions in which some dogs are kept and abhors animal cruelty.  Senate Bill 460, however, punishes responsible breeders and owners and does nothing to help the dogs kept in deplorable conditions. North Carolina already has laws that address animal cruelty and mistreatment.

The AKC opposes several other provisions of Senate Bill 460, including:

  • A vague definition of commercial breeder.  As amended, SB 460 defines "commercial breeder” as anyone who owns or maintains at least 15 intact females of any age for the primary purpose of the sale of the offspring.  This definition could include anyone who has bred even a single litter of puppies, including fanciers and show breeders.
     
  • Warrantless inspections of private property.  The bill allows law enforcement and local animal control to search the homes and private property of anyone who falls under the definition of "commercial breeder”. 
     
  • Directive for the NC Department of Agriculture to develop standards of care with no public input.  SB 460 calls for the Department of Agriculture to develop care and condition policies for dogs belonging to commercial breeders.  This does not allow for any input from dog breeders and others who are experts in animal care.


Additionally, the fiscal note attached to this bill states that this unnecessary measure would cost the state over $400,000 a year. At a time when the state is furloughing employees and facing a projected $3 billion budget gap, improved enforcement of existing laws would be a better investment for North Carolina.


How You Can Help:

  • Contact the members of the Senate Finance Committee TODAY. Tell the members of the committee that you oppose this bill, and urge them to oppose Senate Bill 460.  The contact information is as follows:
     

    Senator David Hoyle (Co-Chairman)
    NC Senate
    300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 300-A
    Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
    Phone: (919) 733-5734
    E-mail: David.Hoyle@ncleg.net


    Senator Daniel Clodfelter (Co-Chairman)
    NC Senate
    300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 408
    Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
    Phone: (919) 715-8331
    E-mail: Daniel.Clodfelter@ncleg.net


    Senator Clark Jenkins (Co-Chairman)
    NC Senate
    300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 308
    Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
    Phone: (919) 715-3040
    E-mail:  Clark.Jenkins@ncleg.net


    Senator Larry Shaw (Vice-Chairman)
    NC Senate
    300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 311
    Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
    Phone: (919) 733-9349
    E-mail: Larry.Shaw@ncleg.net


    Senator Fletcher Hartsell, Jr. (Vice-Chairman)
    NC Senate
    300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 518
    Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
    Phone: (919) 733-7223
    E-mail: Fletcher.Hartsell@ncleg.net


    Senator Charles Albertson
    NC Senate
    300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 523
    Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
    Phone: (919) 733-5705
    E-mail: Charlie.Albertson@ncleg.net


    Senator Austin Allran
    NC Senate
    300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 516
    Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
    Phone: (919) 733-5876
    E-mail: Austin.Allran@ncleg.net


    Senator Tom Apodaca
    NC Senate
    16 W. Jones Street, Room 1127
    Raleigh, NC 27601-2808
    Phone: (919) 733-5745
    E-mail: Tom.Apodaca@ncleg.net


    Senator Bob Atwater
    NC Senate
    300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 312
    Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
    Phone: (919) 715-3036
    E-mail: Bob.Atwater@ncleg.net


    Senator Philip Berger
    NC Senate
    16 W. Jones Street, Room 1026
    Raleigh, NC 27601-2808
    Phone: (919) 733-5708
    E-mail: Phil.Berger@ncleg.net


    Senator Charlie Dannelly
    NC Senate
    16 W. Jones Street, Room 2010
    Raleigh, NC 27601-2808
    Phone: (919) 733-5955
    E-mail: Charlie.Dannelly@ncleg.net


    Senator Eleanor Kinnaird
    NC Senate
    16 W. Jones Street, Room 2115
    Raleigh, NC 27601-2808
    Phone: (919) 733-5804
    E-mail: Ellie.Kinnaird@ncleg.net


    Senator Floyd McKissick, Jr.
    NC Senate
    300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 621
    Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
    Phone: (919) 733-4599
    E-mail: Floyd.McKissick@ncleg.net


    Senator Joe Sam Queen
    NC Senate
    16 W. Jones Street, Room 1117
    Raleigh, NC 27601-2808
    Phone: (919) 733-3460
    E-mail: Joe.Queen@ncleg.net


    Senator David Rouzer
    NC Senate
    300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 520
    Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
    Phone: (919)733-5748
    E-mail: David.Rouzer@ncleg.net


    Senator R.C. Soles, Jr.
    NC Senate
    16 W. Jones Street, Room 2022
    Raleigh, NC 27601-2808
    Phone: (919) 733-5963
    E-mail:  RC.Soles@ncleg.net


    Senator Harris Blake
    NC Senate
    300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 517
    Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
    Phone: (919) 733-4809
    E-mail: Harris.Blake@ncleg.net


    Senator Julia Boseman
    NC Senate
    300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 309
    Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
    Phone: (919) 715-2525
    E-mail: Julia.Boseman@ncleg.net


    Senator Andrew Brock
    NC Senate
    16 W. Jones Street, Room 1119
    Raleigh, NC 27601-2808
    Phone: (919) 715-0690
    E-mail: Andrew.Brock@ncleg.net


    Senator Harry Brown
    NC Senate
    300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 521
    Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
    Phone: (919) 715-3034
    E-mail: Harry.Brown@ncleg.net


    Senator Don East
    NC Senate
    16 W. Jones Street, Room 1120
    Raleigh, NC 27601-2808
    Phone: (919) 733-5743
    E-mail: Don.East@ncleg.net


    Senator Tony Foriest
    NC Senate
    300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 411
    Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
    Phone: (919) 301-1446
    E-mail: Tony.Foriest@ncleg.net


    Senator Linda Garrou
    NC Senate
    300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 627
    Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
    Phone: (919) 733-5620
    E-mail: Linda.Garrou@ncleg.net


    Senator Eddie Goodall
    NC Senate
    300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 332
    Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
    Phone: (919) 733-7659
    E-mail: Eddie.Goodall@ncleg.net


    Senator Steve Goss
    NC Senate
    16 W. Jones Street, Room 1028
    Raleigh, NC 27601-2808
    Phone: (919) 733-5742
    E-mail: Steve.Goss@ncleg.net


    Senator Neal Hunt
    NC Senate
    16 W. Jones Street, Room 1102
    Raleigh, NC 27601-2808
    Phone: (919) 733-5850
    E-mail: Neal.Hunt@ncleg.net


    Senator Martin Nesbitt, Jr.
    NC Senate
    300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 300-B
    Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
    Phone: (919) 715-3001
    E-mail: Martin.Nesbitt@ncleg.net


    Senator Jean Preston
    NC Senate
    16 W. Jones Street, Room 1121
    Raleigh, NC 27601-2808
    Phone: (919) 733-5706
    E-mail: Jean.Preston@ncleg.net


    Senator William Purcell
    NC Senate
    300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 625
    Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
    Phone: (919) 733-5953
    E-mail: William.Purcell@ncleg.net


    Senator Tony Rand
    NC Senate
    300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 300-C
    Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
    Phone: (919) 733-9892
    E-mail: Tony.Rand@ncleg.net


    Senator Bob Rucho
    NC Senate
    16 W. Jones Street, Room 1118
    Raleigh, NC 27601-2808
    Phone: (919) 733-5655
    E-mail: Bob.Rucho@ncleg.net


    Senator Josh Stein
    NC Senate
    300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 410
    Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
    Phone: (919)715-6400
    E-mail: Josh.Stein@ncleg.net


    Senator Richard Stevens
    NC Senate
    300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 406
    Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
    Phone: (919) 733-5653
    E-mail: Richard.Stevens@ncleg.net


    Senator A.B. Swindell
    NC Senate
    300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 629
    Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
    Phone: (919) 715-3030
    E-mail: AB.Swindell@ncleg.net


    Senator Jerry Tillman
    NC Senate
    300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 628
    Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
    Phone: (919) 733-5870
    E-mail: Jerry.Tillman@ncleg.net


    Senator David Weinstein
    NC Senate
    16 W. Jones Street, Room 2108
    Raleigh, NC 27601-2808
    Phone: (919) 733-5651
    E-mail: David.Weinstein@ncleg.net

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