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Senate Bill 460, a bill which regulates breeders and infringes on the rights of responsible dog owners, will be heard in the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday, June 30. 

All responsible dog breeders and owners in North Carolina are encouraged to attend the hearing on Tuesday in opposition to the bill.  We need to show strong opposition to SB 460.  While attendees will not be able to speak in opposition, NUMBERS MATTER!  If you are unable to attend, please call or e-mail the members of the committee and ask them to oppose SB 460. 

The American Kennel Club is appalled by the conditions in which some dogs are kept and abhors animal cruelty.  However, as the AKC wrote in a letter to the Finance Committee, Senate Bill 460 is a costly, ineffective bill that punishes responsible breeders and owners and does nothing to help the dogs kept in deplorable conditions.

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.
  • Inspections of private property at any time.  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” at any time of day or night.
  • 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.

This bill is unnecessary, as North Carolina already has laws that address animal cruelty and mistreatment.  Senate Bill 460 will do nothing to address irresponsible breeding and will cost the state over $400,000 a year to enforce.  At a time when the state is facing a projected $3 billion budget gap, improved enforcement of existing laws would be a better use of North Carolina taxpayers’ money.

How You Can Help:

  • Attend the Senate Finance Committee hearing on Tuesday, June 30.  The details are as follows:

    Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2009
    Time: 1:00 p.m.
    Location: North Carolina Legislative Office Building
    Room 544
    16 W. Jones Street
    Raleigh, North Carolina

  • 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.  A phone call would be most effective. E-mail is acceptable, but we ask that you also call. 

Click here for basic phone scripts for breeders and fanciers.

The contact information for the committee is as follows:

Senator David Hoyle (Co-Chairman)
Phone: (919) 733-5734

Senator Daniel Clodfelter (Co-Chairman)
Phone: (919) 715-8331

Senator Clark Jenkins (Co-Chairman)
Phone: (919) 715-3040

Senator Larry Shaw (Vice-Chairman)
Phone: (919) 733-9349

Senator Fletcher Hartsell, Jr. (Vice-Chairman)
Phone: (919) 733-7223

Senator Charles Albertson
Phone: (919) 733-5705

Senator Austin Allran
Phone: (919) 733-5876

Senator Tom Apodaca
Phone: (919) 733-5745

Senator Bob Atwater
Phone: (919) 715-3036

Senator Philip Berger
Phone: (919) 733-5708

Senator Charlie Dannelly
Phone: (919) 733-5955

Senator Eleanor Kinnaird
Phone: (919) 733-5804

Senator Floyd McKissick, Jr.
Phone: (919) 733-4599

Senator Joe Sam Queen
Phone: (919) 733-3460

Senator David Rouzer
Phone: (919)733-5748

Senator R.C. Soles, Jr.
Phone: (919) 733-5963

Senator Harris Blake
Phone: (919) 733-4809

Senator Julia Boseman
Phone: (919) 715-2525

Senator Andrew Brock
Phone: (919) 715-0690

Senator Harry Brown
Phone: (919) 715-3034

Senator Don East
Phone: (919) 733-5743

Senator Tony Foriest
Phone: (919) 301-1446

Senator Linda Garrou
Phone: (919) 733-5620

Senator Eddie Goodall
Phone: (919) 733-7659

Senator Steve Goss
Phone: (919) 733-5742

Senator Neal Hunt
Phone: (919) 733-5850

Senator Martin Nesbitt, Jr.
Phone: (919) 715-3001

Senator Jean Preston
Phone: (919) 733-5706

Senator William Purcell
Phone: (919) 733-5953

Senator Tony Rand
Phone: (919) 733-9892

Senator Bob Rucho
Phone: (919) 733-5655

Senator Josh Stein
Phone: (919)715-6400

Senator Richard Stevens
Phone: (919) 733-5653

Senator A.B. Swindell
Phone: (919) 715-3030

Senator Jerry Tillman
Phone: (919) 733-5870

Senator David Weinstein
Phone: (919) 733-5651

Senator Dan Blue
Phone: (919) 833-1931


For more information, contact AKC’s Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720; or e-mail

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