Stop Puppy Mills in North Carolina

The animals were living in filthy conditions and had little to no protection from the cold weather. Shannon Johnstone/The HSUS

The Humane Society of the United States assisted local officials in March in the rescue of 60 dogs from a suspected Hertford County, N.C., puppy mill. This is the 19th puppy mill rescue that The HSUS has been involved with in North Carolina in three years.

North Carolina has become a haven for some of the worst puppy mill operators in the country because there are no specific state laws to protect dogs sold directly to the public or online by commercial breeding facilities. Law enforcement officers, therefore, are unable to prevent neglect until it reaches crisis proportions, as was the case with this latest rescue.

Please make a brief, polite phone call to your state senator and urge for standards for commercial dog breeders, such as safe housing, sanitary conditions, and veterinary care. Look up your senator's phone number here. You can say: "Please support HB 930 to help stop puppy mills in North Carolina."

After making your phone call (please do not skip that crucial step!), personalize and submit the letter in the form below to automatically send a follow-up message.

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Dear Senator,

North Carolina needs a law to regulate commercial dog breeders by imposing simple dog care and maintenance standards to prevent neglect and mistreatment rather than waiting until animal cruelty laws are broken and dogs have to be seized. Commercial breeders need to be added to the standards already in place for North Carolina animal shelters, boarding kennels, and pet stores. These rules, enforced by the Department of Agriculture's Animal Welfare Section, would not impact responsible breeders because they are already providing veterinary care, healthy food, and comfortable housing.

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