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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The director of the Humane Society of North Carolina says she’s working with animal control officers and legislators on a bill to regulate commercial dog breeders.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that Kim Alboum said she hopes a raid last week in Stokes County will spur the state to change its law. In that raid, 160 dogs were found sleeping in their own waste, in makeshift kennels that had exposed wires and mice infestations.

A bill to regulate commercial breeders passed the Senate in 2009, but it died in the House after pressure from groups including the North Carolina Pork Council and the Farm Bureau.

The Humane Society says at least 19 states have some regulations for commercial dog breeders.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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