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Bill would regulate those who sell puppies

Published: Fri, January 11, 2013 @ 12:05 a.m.

By Marc Kovac



With one pooch standing on the table at his elbow and others watching from their owners’ arms, Gov. John Kasich signed ceremonial papers Thursday marking the enactment of new regulations on so-called puppy mills.

Kasich signed the actual legislation last month after the Ohio House and Senate gave their final approval for law changes that were years in the making. The regulations will take effect later this year.

“We all know how special these animals are,” Kasich said. “It’s really kind of beyond our understanding as to how anybody would not treat these wonderful animals with great love and affection and kindness.”

He added later, “Our dogs are going to be better taken care of, and we’re not going to have renegades leaving where they are and coming to Ohio.”

Under the new law, breeders who produce nine litters of puppies and who sell 60 or more dogs annually will be required to obtain a license from the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Licensing or registration requirements also will be instituted for dog retailers and rescue operations.

Application fees will range from $150 to $750, depending on the number of dogs sold in a year. Licenses could be denied to individuals convicted of animal cruelty or animal-fighting crimes in the past 20 years or revoked if breeders mistreat their animals.

The director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture will be responsible for establishing housing, nutrition, exercise and other care standards for breeders, with inspections annually to ensure those standards are being followed.

Kasich participated in a ceremonial bill signing Thursday at a Columbus-area humane society.

He said, “As a result of these rules and as a result of public recognition and public concern and public demand, finally, after seven long years, we are now going to have proper protection for man and woman’s best friend.”


1islandgrump(59 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

I hope they close down the Amish puppy mill in Millersburg Ohio. Our dog came from there via the HARBOUR PETS IN BOARDMAN! These people should be ashamed of themselves. At least we feel like we have a RESCUE PUPPY that we saved.

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2endthismess(464 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Every dog sold should have to have a dog license attached to the whole sale bill of sale, this needs to be in place even before the retail sale ever begins. If there is a paper trail, scum bags might have to step away for fear of being found, especially if a background check is attached to the paperwork. Too many loop holes with what the Gov. is trying to do.

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3kurtw(1823 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Well, people who abuse animals, are a hairs breath away from torturing and killing human beings- especially the most vulnerable- children, the elderly, etc.

Store-front "puppy mills" ought to be shut down. Period. If you want a pet- find a rescue animal or go to a licensed breeder.

Puppy Mills are an abomination.

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