A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 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.
Enacts new GS 14-362.4 requiring any person who has 10 or more female dogs over the age of six months who are capable of reproducing and kept primarily for breeding and selling the offspring as pets to provide 12 specified types of care, including access to fresh food and water, appropriate veterinary care, and protection from adverse or extreme weather conditions. Also requires bedding material to be clean and risk free. Sets requirements for the maintenance of the facility and primary enclosures. Failure to comply with the standards is a Class 3 misdemeanor punishable by a fine of no less than $25 per animal, but no more than a total of $1,000. Subsequent violations are a Class A1 misdemeanor. Provides that the statute does not place a limit on the number of dogs a person may own or regulate ownership of dogs when they are not used for breeding and selling the offspring; the statute also does not impact dogs used for hunting or other sporting purposes. The section does not apply to kennels operated for boarding dogs or for training dogs for hunting, sporting, field trials, or shows.
Applies to offenses committed on or after December 1, 2013.
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