AN ACT TO ESTABLISH STANDARDS OF CARE FOR LARGE COMMERCIAL DOG BREEDING FACILITIES AND TO PROVIDE LAW ENFORCEMENT WITH TOOLS TO ENSURE THAT DOGS AT THOSE FACILITIES ARE TREATED HUMANELY.
House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.
Deletes all provisions of the previous edition and replaces it with the following.
Enacts new GS 14-362.4 requiring a person who owns, has custody of, or maintains 10 or more female dogs over six months of age that are capable of reproduction and kept primarily for purposes of breeding and selling the offspring as pets to meet 12 specified standards of care including daily exercise, appropriate veterinary care, primary enclosures that meet specified requirements, and protection from adverse or extreme weather. Requires that the facilities and primary enclosures be kept clean and free from debris and odor. Makes violations a Class 3 misdemeanor punishable by a fine of no less than $25 per animal and no more than $1,000 unless the person has previously pled guilty or nolo contendere to, or been found guilty of, a violation of the statute, in which case the violation is a Class 1 misdemeanor. Exempts kennels or boarding facilities where the majority of the dogs are (1) bred or trained primarily for hunting, sporting, field trials, or show; (2) being maintained for hunting, sporting, field trials, or show; or (3) kept primarily for purposes other than the sale of offspring as pets. Specifies issues that the statute does not address.
Includes a severability clause.
Applies to offenses committed on or after December 1, 2015.
Changes the act's titles.
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