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NC Update: Bill Assisting Shelters, Protecting Dogs Passes NC House

(Thursday, July 18, 2013)
AKC GR is pleased to report that the North Carolina House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill today that would provide assistance to animal shelters and further benefit dogs in North Carolina.

Senate Bill 626 would help relieve overcrowding at shelters and reunite lost pets with their owners by making several positive changes, including improving enforcement by moving the regulations to the state’s animal welfare act. At the request of the AKC, an amendment was added to require North Carolina shelters that have microchip scanners to use them in order to help identify owners of lost pets and reduce the amount of time these dogs remain in the shelter. It would not require all shelters to have scanners, but simply require them to be used by those shelters that have one. Click here to view a copy of AKC’s letter requesting this amendment.

The American Kennel Club and American Kennel Club Companion Animal Recovery have committed to donate 20 universal microchip scanners to public shelters in North Carolina that could not otherwise afford them.

The bill was further amended in the House of Representatives to allow animal control officers, firefighters, rescue squad workers, and state-appointed animal cruelty investigators to enter motor vehicles in circumstances if there is probable cause that the animal confined in the vehicle is in circumstances that are likely to endanger or cause injury, suffering, or death. A reasonable effort must first be made to locate the owner or person responsible for the animal.

The American Kennel Club is pleased to support this measure that benefits North Carolina’s shelters and dogs. Senate Bill 626 now goes back to the Senate for final approval. If you would like to contact your Senator on this bill, go to the North Carolina General Assembly’s “Who Represents Me?” page and type in your address to find the name and contact information for your State Senator.