Tough laws needed for breeders

Jun. 13, 2014 @ 04:54 AM

It was harrowing news for animal lovers in Rutherford County Thursday.

Rutherford County Sheriff’s deputies helped rescue more than 50 dogs from three different properties in the county.

These dogs ranged in breed and were all considered to be in poor condition and in need of immediate medical attention.

The discovery, while still under investigation, brings an interesting question:

Why are the laws regarding commercial breeding facilities so lax in North Carolina?

There are no laws protecting dogs sold to the public or online by these breeding facilities. By not having strict laws in place, the state has become known for its puppy mill businesses.

Not something to be used as a selling point for future economic development. In fact, the Humane Society of the United States reported the incident in Rutherford County is the 20th rescue they have assisted with in North Carolina in three years.

The news of these mills comes to light when the situation becomes so detrimental and the treatment of animals becomes so abhorrent that law enforcement has to step in.

Without stronger laws, law enforcement officials are handcuffed and unable to do anything until a situation reaches a boiling point.

That is unfortunate, especially for the animals involved.

While we are on the subject, we question when it became alright for humans to treat animals in a way we would not want to be treated ourselves?

When did it become acceptable to starve an animal under our care?

When did it become alright to place animals in conditions considered deplorable for anyone else?

The fact remains is that it has never been acceptable or okay.

But, people do it because they can get away with it.

That is not right, no matter who you are and how you look at it.

Cruelty to animals, in any form, is not acceptable. Not for a dollar, not for personal satisfaction, not for any reason.

Our state has a reputation of being home to some of the worst puppy mills in the country. It’s a reputation we should not be proud of, nor should we condone.

It is high time our lawmakers develop strict guidelines for the operation of commercial breeding facilities.

By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board

 

The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Tom Padgett and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark