Senate Bill No. 832, proposing that the Plott hound be named the official dog of North Carolina, was sponsored by Senator Bob Swain. It was introduced and referred to committee on April 10, 1989.
The Plott hound, sometimes referred to as simply Plott, was adopted as the official dog of North Carolina just four months later on August 12, 1989.
The approved bill was an amended version that included modification to sections of the North Carolina General Statutes to make theft or taking of a dog, as well as a horse or mule, a felony in the state.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
SENATE BILL 832
AN ACT TO ADOPT THE PLOTT HOUND AS THE OFFICIAL STATE DOG, TO PROVIDE THAT LARCENY OF A DOG IS A CLASS J FELONY, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE TAKING OF A DOG FOR TEMPORARY PURPOSES IS A MISDEMEANOR.
Whereas, it is generally known that the dog is mankind's best friend; and
Whereas, the Plott Hound breed originated in the mountains of North Carolina in 1750 and is the only breed known to have originated in this State; and
Whereas, the Plott Hound is a legendary hunting dog known as a most courageous fighter and tenacious tracker as well as a gentle and extremely loyal companion to the hunters of North Carolina; and
Whereas, the Plott Hound is regarded as having the most beautifully colored coat of any hound and a spine-tingling, bugle-like call; and
Whereas, the State of North Carolina is fortunate to have the Plott Hound, which is one of only four breeds known to be of American origin; Now, therefore,
Section 1. Chapter 145 of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new section to read:
"§ 145-13. The State dog.
The Plott Hound is adopted as the official dog of the State of North Carolina."
Sec. 2. G.S. 14-81 reads as rewritten:
"§ 14-81. Larceny of horses, mules, swine, and cattle. cattle, or dogs.
(a) Larceny of horses, mules, swine, or cattle is a Class H felony.
(a1) Larceny of a dog is a Class J felony.
(b) In sentencing a person convicted of violating this section, the judge shall, as a minimum punishment, place a person on probation subject to the following conditions:
(1) A person must make restitution for the damage or loss caused by the larceny of the livestock, livestock or dogs, and
(2) A person must pay a fine of not less than the amount of the damages or loss caused by the larceny of the livestock. livestock or dogs.
(c) No provision in this section shall limit the authority of the judge to sentence the person convicted of violating this section to an active sentence."
Sec. 3. G.S. 14-82 reads as rewritten:
"§ 14-82. Taking horses or mules horses, mules, or dogs for temporary purposes.
If any person shall unlawfully take and carry away any horse, gelding, mare or mule, mare, mule, or dog, the property of another person, secretly and against the will of the owner of such property, with intent to deprive the owner of the special or temporary use Page 2 S.L. 1989-773 Senate Bill 832 of the same, or with the intent to use such property for a special or temporary purpose, the person so offending shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00), imprisonment for not more than six months, or both."
Sec. 4. Sections 2 and 3 of this act shall become effective October 1, 1989, and shall apply to offenses occurring on or after that date. The remainder of this act is effective upon ratification.
In the General Assembly read three times and ratified this the 12th day of August, 1989.
The following information was excerpted from the The North Carolina General Statutes, Chapter 145, Section 145-13.
CHAPTER 145 State Symbols and Other Official Adoptions.
The Plott Hound is adopted as the official dog of the State of North Carolina. (1989, c. 773, s. 1.)
The North Carolina General Statutes. Chapter 145:Section 145-13. 2 December 2010 <http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/Statutes/StatutesTOC.pl>
The General Assembly of North Carolina: 1989-1990 Session Laws. House Bill No. 832. 2 December 2010 <http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/EnactedLegislation/SessionLaws/HTML/1989-1990/SL1989-773.html>
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Strike & Stay: The Story of the Plott Hound, by Bob Plott. 192 pages. (The History Press: December 2007) Recognized now as one of the premier hunting dogs in America, the Plott bear hound is unique among hunting dog breeds because it descends from Germanic stock rather than the traditional English foxhound. The breed's story began when its original breeder, Johannes Plott, and his brother Enoch left Germany in 1750 with their prized hunting dogs. This trip across the Atlantic began the two-hundred-year journey that would culminate in the North Carolina mountains with the development of what is now arguably the world's finest breed of hunting dog. A classic American tale of adventurers and underdogs, this true story is one that author Bob Plott, the great-great-great-grandson of Johannes Plott is uniquely qualified to tell.
Lucky's Plott: A Plott Hound Tale, Libby Bagby. 60 pages. Publisher: AuthorHouse (July 21, 2008) Reading level: Grades 99. Hunting season has finally arrived and Battle Cry, a Plott Hound, is on his first hunt of the year. Every ounce of him from his nose to his tail quivers with excitement. He eagerly anticipates romping through the woods with his Plott companions to see who can be the first to strike, tree, or bay. Little did he know that around the bend an event loomed that would change his life. Learn about the breed that North Carolina has recognized as its state dog by following this touching tale of Battle Cry's journey as he adjusts from hunting in the woods to celebrating his new life as Lucky.
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