Urgent NC Alert: Contact Your Representative To Oppose New Dog Ownership Restrictions
Members of the NC House of Representatives are currently considering language in the legislative budget that would call for licensing and inspection of anyone who owns or co-owns just nine intact female dogs and/or cats.
The measure removes the state's Animal Welfare Act from the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture and places it under the supervision of the Department of Public Safety. The AKC strongly opposes moving this important section of law away from a department with expertise in animal care.
This transfer, combined with these extensive new regulations:
- Creates unprecedented new levels of regulation of private property ownership
- Labels owners of multiple dogs as "pet dealers" regardless of commercial or breeding activity
- Places animals under the jurisdiction of an agency with little or no expertise in animal care
- Would prove exorbitantly expensive for the state and taxpayers
- Moves the AWA from the oversight of a department headed by an elected official to one headed by a political appointee
This proposal is based on a recommendation from Governor McCrory and was originally included in his budget. The Senate rejected these provisions when they considered and passed their version of the budget last week.
The House could vote on this at any time, so it is imperative that all NC residents contact their State Representative NOW and respectfully ask them to OPPOSE this new definition of "pet dealer" and the transfer of the Animal Welfare Act.
What You Can Do:
Contact Your State Representative NOW and respectfully ask them to OPPOSE the transfer of the AWA and the new pet dealer definitions and to keep those provisions OUT of the House version of the budget. To find the name and contact information for your State Representative, visit www.ncga.state.nc.us and then click on the "Who Represents Me?" link. We encourage you to e-mail and to call and leave a message.
Contact the House Appropriations Chairs and ask them to oppose these two provisions:
Rep. Nelson Dollar
Rep. Justin Burr
Rep. Bryan Holloway
Rep. Linda Johnson
Rep. Pat McElraft
Contact House Speaker Thom Tillis and ask him to not support these dangerous provisions:
Contact the NC House Appropriations Subcommittee Chairs and ask them to OPPOSE these provisions:
Rep. Marilyn Avila
Rep. Hugh Blackwell
Rep. James Boles, Jr.
Rep. William Brisson
Rep. Rayne Brown
Rep. George Cleveland
Rep. Leo Daughtry
Rep. John Faircloth
Rep. Mark Hollo
Rep. D. Craig Horn
Rep. Julia Howard
Rep. Pat Hurley
Rep. Donny Lambeth
Rep. Chuck McGrady
Rep. Tom Murry
Rep. Jason Saine
Rep. Phil Shepard
Rep. Edgar Starnes
Rep. John Torbett
Rep. Roger West