Lincoln and Gaston County animal advocates are invited to attend Humane Lobby Day on Friday.
The event, held at Lincoln County Animal Services, will allow those attending to thank members of the state House of Representatives for passing the Commercial Breeder Bill, known as HB 930 and sponsored by Lincoln County representative Jason Saine, and to encourage state senators to support the legislation. Legislators and animal advocates will also have the opportunity to tour the shelter
According to the Humane Society of the United States, HB 930 would ensure the humane care and treatment of dogs in the custody of large-scale commercial breeders. Commercial Breeders would be required to provide sufficient food and clean water, veterinary care, sanitary and safe housing, parasite prevention and daily exercise.
In her press release, North Carolina State Director Kimberley Alboum said the bill would only impact “commercial breeders,” defined as a person or entity possessing 10 or more adult female dogs and are engaged in the business of breeding those animals and selling their offspring as pets. Small breeders, defined as those who have 10 or fewer adult breeding dogs will not be affected by the bill. Hunters, sporting, working and show kennels will also be exempt.
Mistreatment of dogs has been a hot-button issue for North Carolina over the past few years. From June 2011 through March 2014, 17 puppy mills were busted across the state. According to the Humane Society of the United States, the cost to clean up the puppy mills and provide medical for the 1,300 affected was over $500,000. Currently, North Carolina has no laws regulating commercial breeding operations unless they sell to research labs or pet stores. The majority of breeders in North Carolina sell to individuals through internet sales and newspaper ads.
Participants will also have the opportunity to speak with legislators regarding the elimination of gas chambers in animal shelters. There are nine gas chambers currently in operation in Lincoln and Gaston Counties. The Times-News previously reported on the strides Lincoln County’s local government has made to work toward a “no-kill” philosophy.
Last November, the county’s Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to adopt the “No Kill” philosophy and move toward implementing the “No Kill Equation” in its animal shelters.
The Lincoln and Gaston County District Lobby Day will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Lincoln County Animal Services, located at 650 John Howell Memorial Drive in Lincolnton.