Demand Better Protection Laws in State With Most Puppy Mills

Target: Dr. David Marshall, State Veterinarian, North Carolina Veterinary Division

Goal: Create tougher laws against puppy mills in the state where they are most commonly found

A recent puppy mill raid in North Carolina saw over 100 animals rescued, including female dogs that have spent their entire lives at the facility. North Carolina is the state where puppy mills are most commonly found, likely because of their lack of regulation on the breeding industry.

The dogs were being kept outside in overcrowded and unsanitary wire chicken coops. Some of the animals suffered from untreated medical conditions – disease, open wounds, and hereditary disorders associated with captivity. Many of the animals rescued tended to run in tight circles, which is a behavior formed by extended confinement to a cage and a lack of proper exercise. Some females were malnourished due to many pregnancies and insufficient nutrition. The animals will need medical and social rehabilitation before adoption to repair the damage caused by the conditions in which they were kept.

Puppy mills, facilities that prioritize profit over the well-being of their animals, are most commonly found in North Carolina due to lax state laws. Since 2010, there have been 14 puppy mill raids in North Carolina – more than any other state. The state does not require breeder registration on a state level, which means that their breeding facilities are not inspected. Currently, 200-300 puppy mills are estimated to exist in North Carolina.

It is necessary that North Carolina implement regulations on the breeding industry to avoid further exploitation of animals. Each facility should be inspected on an annual basis to ensure the well-being and humane treatment of dogs, cats, and other household pets in breeding centers. Your signature will tell North Carolina lawmakers to immediately implement animal protection laws, as well as create an organization to ensure breeder compliance.


Dear Dr. David Marshall, State Veterinarian, North Carolina Veterinary Division,

Recently, over 100 dogs were rescued from a puppy mill in North Carolina. Dogs at these breeding facilities are kept in small and dirty cages, where disease can spread and the dogs’ temperaments are affected. The dogs do not receive proper veterinary care, and breeding mothers do not receive proper nutrition for constant pregnancy.

Currently, North Carolina’s lack of state regulations allows these facilities to run unhindered, and there are an estimated 200-300 in the state. Without state inspection and regulation, breeders can legally exploit dogs, cats, and other household pets, and these breeders will continue to consider your state a safe heaven for this repugnant activity.

I demand that regulations be placed on North Carolina’s breeding industry. Breeding facilities should provide adequate space, food, care, and attention to dogs to avoid health problems. I ask that state inspectors be appointed to uphold these regulations and appropriate consequences be instated for those that breach state protection laws.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. alexandra gundelfingen says:

    signed, thanks

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