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North Carolina first lady speaks up on dog breeding

Ann McCrory listens to her husband, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, deliver the State of the State address at the Legislative Building in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. (Ted Richardson)
May 9, 2013 12:18:06 PM PDT
North Carolina's low-profile first lady has taken the political stage while backing a bill designed to prevent animal cruelty.

Ann McCrory sat in the House gallery Thursday while the chamber debated and voted to set minimum care standards at large commercial dog-breeding operations. The bill would make breaking the rules punishable by a misdemeanor.

The wife of Gov. Pat McCrory waved to lawmakers after the vote and didn't make any comments to reporters before leaving the Legislative Building. She wrote to members of a House judiciary committee on Wednesday thanking them for approving the measure.

The advocacy marked her first foray into public political advocacy in state government.

The bill passed by a vote of 100-15 and now goes to the Senate.

McCrory released this statement after the vote:

"I applaud the House for passing House Bill 930 with resounding support. This legislation is a very important step in establishing basic standards of care for large commercial dog breeding facilities and helps ensure all dogs are treated humanely. I'm grateful for the leadership of the House in passing this bill and encourage the Senate to follow their lead to ensure the health and safety of all dogs in our state."

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