CHARLOTTE, NC The Lincolnton state representative sponsoring a statewide puppy mill bill is optimistic as the North Carolina General Assembly prepares to convene Wednesday.

I think there is some hope, said Rep. Jason Saine.

The NC House easily passed House Bill 930 last year, leaving it to the NC Senate to take up the bill this session. The bipartisan bill calls for specific but basic standards of care for dogs cared for by for large scale breeders. Standards include water, food, and veterinary care.

As a NBC Charlotte I-Team investigation uncovered in February, the American Kennel Club is the leading group lobbying against the measure.

The Club says it prefers current laws in place. Since the story aired, Saine says many senators have heard from their constituents, concerned about the issue.

Nearly 20 suspected puppy mills have been raided in North Carolina since 2011.
The General Assembly has attempted to pass puppy mill regulations five times without success.

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