Animal protection groups lobby on NC breeding bill

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Animal protection activists are still hopeful a law regulating large commercial dog breeding in North Carolina can pass soon even as legislation sits in the Senate and a key chamber leader there has vowed not to consider it in 2014.

Members of the Humane Society of the United States and other groups traveled to the Legislative Building on Thursday to rally with their rescued pets and lobby legislators.

Gov. Pat McCrory and his wife helped promote a bill that passed the House last year setting minimum standards for the operations, but it went no further. Senate Rules Chairman Tom Apodaca later said it wouldn’t be heard this year because he alleged some bill supporters recorded secretly a conversation with a Senate colleague.

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