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Lawmakers trying to pass puppy mill legislation

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Lincoln County, NC -

State lawmakers have tried before, and failed. However, some believe a new bill has what it takes to crack down on puppy mills in North Carolina. 

Lincoln County State Representative Jason Saine is one sponsor of House Bill 930. The bill is aimed to give large commercial breeders a standard of care they must adhere to.

Saine says lawmakers had to make some exceptions to get the bill on the governors desk. 

"It was a bill that everybody told us we couldn't get it passed. It had been tried two sessions prior, different legislators had tried to pass it," Saine said.

However, he says this version is different. 

"We spent months working on the language. Meeting with all the folks that were involved," Saine said.

House Bill 930 excludes any breeding done for sporting or agriculture. Saine also says this version can be better used by local law enforcement. 

"It gives the District Attorney and Sheriff's Office a little more teeth than our current laws, so they can pursue what might be a puppy mill," Saine said. 

The American Kennel Club opposes the bill, because they believe it's difficult to define what exactly a large commercial breeder is.

Nevertheless, Saine says puppy mill legislation is long overdue in North Carolina. 

"Virginia's acted, Tennessee's acted. So we end up being a haven for the bad actors," Saine said. 

The First Lady of North Carolina is a supporter of the bill that passed with bipartisan support in the house. It's currently stuck in the senate. However, Saine says he's hopeful it'll go through in the next month. 

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