Rep. Jeffrey Johnson says that you can find if there has been complaints with dog breeders by going to the state business office.
Karen Brown says to believe backyard breeding is just a county problem is "naive".
By: Bryan Solomon
A proposed bill to regulate commercial dog breeding in South Carolina failed in House subcommittee last month.
Horry County Rep. Jeffrey Johnson's bill would have mandated dog breeders to have a business license, but the proposal ran into problems. Not all South Carolina counties have business license of any kind.
"Whenever you create a bill you got to make sure that it doesn't become so involved that nothing gets done," said Johnson.
Backyard dog breeders are also sometimes called "puppy mills". Animal rights activists say many of these breeders are more focused on breeding than treating dogs well.
The last police bust of a "puppy mill" in South Carolina was in September of 2016. Over 100 Doberman Pinschers were rescued from a puppy mill in Chester County.
Karen Brown, of the York County Humane Center, says backyard breeding is running rapid across the state and a business license is not enough to combat the state's problems.
"A business license...anyone can get that," Brown said.
Brown believes stronger commercial breeding regulations are needed because local regulations are not enough.
"The counties are not in a position to handle something of this magnitude, especially since it is a state wide issue," Brown said.
Rep. Johnson plans to present his bill again after revision. North Carolina also just presented their own regulatory bill for dog breeding.