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Updated: 10:41 p.m. Monday, April 22, 2013 | Posted: 8:51 p.m. Monday, April 22, 2013
By Natalie Pasquarella
NORTH CAROLINA —
They're stories that make you cringe, seeing animals left in horrible conditions. In February, dozens of dogs were found shaking in a mobile home in Rowan County. In July, more than 200 cats were seized from a Mooresville home. Now, a new bill being considered in the state House would give animal control officers more ways to check in on breeders. Tara Stebbins rescued Chrissie after she was confiscated from a puppy mill in Union County. "She had a big hernia on her tummy and she's got no teeth and a bum leg," said Stebbins. Animal lovers said the animals would not have had to suffer living in unhealthy conditions if House Bill 930 had already been in place. "It requires food, water, exercise, a clean environment -- which are the very basic necessities to having an animal. There is nothing about this unreasonable," said animal activist Jennifer Tierney. The law would require those basic necessities of any commercial operation with more than 10 female breeding dogs, operations that currently face no regulations. While the proposed law is basic and does not call for registration or inspections like past proposals, animal lovers say… "It's a start, it's absolutely a start. We have to be able to regulate and make a change," said Stebbins.
Breeders who do not give animals those basic necessities could face misdemeanor charges and fines ranging from $25 - $1,000.
A much stricter version of legislation was considered in 2010, but lawmakers rejected it.
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