Urgent: NC Considering Dog Ownership Restrictions. Contact House TODAY!
June 10, 2014
The North Carolina House of Representatives is currently considering the state budget. Thanks to your efforts, the budget does not currently include the significant expansion of dog owner regulations.
However, AKC understands that amendments will likely be offered in a House Appropriations Committee meeting tomorrow, June 11, to add language in the budget to define a “pet dealer” as anyone who OWNS or CO-OWNS more than 9 intact female animals. This could impact those who co-own, but do not actually keep that many intact dogs in their homes – including hunters, hobbyists, exhibitors, and those who may have older dogs and rescued females who are not able to be spayed for medical reasons.
The budget also contains a problematic and potentially dangerous transfer of authority for all animal regulations from the Department of Agriculture to the Department of Public Safety.
Read AKC’s previous Legislative Alert for more details on these two budget items and why they are not in the best interest of dogs, North Carolina responsible dog owners, and taxpayers.
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