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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, NOV. 1, 2010

CONTACT:

Dr. Lee Hunter, director
NCDA&CS Animal Welfare Section

(919) 715-7111

NCDA&CS schedules listening sessions for companion-animal welfare study

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is conducting a study of companion-animal welfare, and the public will have the opportunity to provide input.

The General Assembly authorized the study during the 2010 legislative session. The study will focus on current laws and regulations pertaining to the welfare of dogs and cats; the oversight of public and private animal shelters; the state’s spay/neuter program; the scope of commercial breeding operations; and the protection of consumers who purchase companion animals.

“We need to take a comprehensive look at the issues surrounding the welfare of dogs and cats in North Carolina,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “We also want to look at options for reducing the number of unwanted dogs and cats that are euthanized in the state each year.”

In addition to contacting animal advocates, law enforcement and other groups with an interest in companion-animal welfare, the department has scheduled three listening sessions from 6 to 8 p.m. to gather public input. The schedule is as follows:

The public may also submit written comments to animalwelfarestudy@ncagr.gov or by mail to:

Animal Welfare Study Comments
c/o NCDA&CS Animal Welfare Section
1030 Mail Service Center
Raleigh NC 27699-1030

The department will submit results of the study to the General Assembly early next year.

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NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Brian Long, Director
Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3005; FAX: (919) 733-5047

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