The NC Senate is planning to work through this coming weekend to wrap up business before the 2013 legislative session ends. One bill still on the table is HB 930, which provides humane standards for dogs in commercial breeding facilities. Currently in North Carolina, there are no standards for any breeders regardless of how many animals they keep. Meanwhile, animal rescuers who house more than 10 pets for adoption are supposed to get licensed and meet all of the same standards as an animal shelter. Fair? Not at all
Contact your state senator and ask him or her to make passage of HB 930 a priority before the end of the session. If you know your district or senator’s name, get his or her contact info here. Don’t know your district number? Find out here.
Also in legislative news today, the NC House passed a bill that gives emergency responders permission to break into hot cars to free dogs. That provision was part of a much larger bill that provides several improvements for shelter pets.
The first improvement represented by the bill, SB 626, is that enforcement of previously existing legislation regarding shelters has been moved from the NCDHHS, which had no inspection or enforcement abilities, to NCDA&CS, which currently inspects animal shelters. Secondly, it mandates scanning for microchips (if staff have access to a scanner, which unfortunately is not manadatory) where before the law said staff “may” scan.
Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, the new law removes permission for animal shelters to sell animals to USDA-licensed dealers. So, assuming the law as amended is passed by the Senate and signed by the governor, the widespread selling of dead cats to become dissection kits will come to an end in NC.