I’ve been engaged in posting a lot of updates on my local blog about the recent puppy mill raid in Southeastern North Carolina. So I need to offer the readers of Pack Mentality an update tonight.
The couple who ran the puppy-mill operation has pleaded guilty to charges relating to the bust, specifically pleading guilty to 24 counts of Class I animal cruelty charges. They were hit with 36 months of probation (no jail time) and a lifetime ban on possessing animals was imposed. They will be subjected to warrant-less searches to ensure they are not in possession of animals.
I wish jail time was part of the punishment. But I was pleased to read about the lifetime ban on possessing animals. This needs to be an automatic punishment for anyone, anywhere who is found guilty of operating a puppy mill.
In an editorial for Examiner.com, writer Elizabeth Wilson called it “hopeful” that two North Carolina representatives – Jason Saine of Lincoln County and Craig Horn of Union County – plan to introduce a bill in the upcoming legislative session to enact a new commercial breeding regulations.
And Wilson wrote, “Large players in North Carolina politics have adamantly opposed such legislation, including the AKC, the Pork Council, the Farm Bureau, and the NRA.”
And in Ohio – animal advocates are pushing for new legislation to protect animals from cruelty. NBC4i.com quotes one elected official as being “cautiously optimistic” that Senate Bill 130 – which has been successfully passed in the state Senate – will make it out of the House and on to the governor’s desk.