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NC Alert: House Bill 930 Advancing Quickly - Contact Your Legislators!

(Wednesday, May 08, 2013)

North Carolina House Bill 930, which seeks to regulate those who meet an arbitrary definition of “large commercial dog breeding facilities”, has passed the House Judiciary B Subcommittee and will likely be considered on the House floor within the next several days.

Responsible North Carolina dog breeders and owners are strongly encouraged to contact your State Representative and State Senator TODAY to ask them to either oppose House Bill 930 or to remove the problematic definition of “large commercial dog breeding facilities.”

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Summary:

House Bill 930 as introduced establishes in law an arbitrary definition of “large commercial dog breeder” that would include individuals who own 10 or more female dogs regardless of whether they are actually breeding or selling dogs. The bill also incorporates many of the provisions in the AKC’s Care and Conditions of Dogs policy, but only applies them to those who meet this definition.

The bill was amended in committee today to clarify that the bill does not apply to boarding kennels, or kennels used to train dogs for hunting, sporting, show, or field trials. The AKC believes this is vague and unclear, and does not address the underlying concerns with this legislation.

AKC continues to oppose HB 930 as currently written. Instead, AKC supports striking the definition of large commercial breeder from this bill. Striking this definition will:

  • Enable ALL dogs to benefit from the these care standards
  • Avoid establishing arbitrary regulations that define commercial activity based solely on property ownership.

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What You Can Do:

Contact your state legislators
. Ask them to either oppose House Bill 930 as currently written or remove the definition of commercial breeder so that all dogs can be entitled to basic standards of care. We encourage you to contact BOTH your State Representative and State Senator.

Visit http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx to find the name and contact information for your State Representative and State Senator.

The American Kennel Club Government Relations Department will continue to closely monitor this legislation and provide more information as it becomes available. For questions or more information, contact AKC GR at (919) 816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org.