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Ohio Kennel Legislation
Senate Bill 130, aka The Puppy Mill Bill
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The kennel language was written to address large scale abuse/neglect
of breeding dogs living in high volume breeding facilities.
Passed Senate Ag 9-0 vote
Puppy Mill: A dog breeder that puts profit before the well-being
of a dog. Dogs are housed in overcrowded, unsanitary conditions without
adequate veterinary care, food, water and socialization.
Governor Kasich Signs Puppy Mill Bill
Senator Hughes worked through 3 general sessions and countless interested party concerns. Sorting through fact and fiction and extremists from both sides of the issue, Senator Hughes, Chairman Dave Hall and Chairman Cliff Hite were instrumental in coordinating rescue groups, high volume breeders, hobby breeders, veterinarians, county representatives and others, to create language with which all parties are comfortable. Senator Hughes is a champion for dogs and we are deeply appreciative of his dedicated effort to see this bill pass.
As many have said, when the interested parties are not able to include everything they want in a bill, you likely have a middle ground, which means a bill can get passed by both the House & Senate. Of course we hoped for standards of care to be in place in the bill. We trust that the Advisory Board will have an impact on the daily living conditions of the dogs by working with the Director of Agriculture as this is one of the important reasons for the writing of this bill.
Of the very few “no” votes the bill received, Senator Faber was the only “no” vote during concurrence in the Senate as he liked the original Senate version without fees to the high volume breeders. Of the 96 House votes, the 5 “no” votes were Representatives Buchy, Amstutz, Goodwin, Martin, J Adams.
We thank every Senator and House Member who voted yes to help Ohio’s dogs. Representatives Fedor, C Hagan, Phillips and Okey were an excellent voice for us in the House Agriculture Committee. We also thank Representative R Hagan and former Senator Cates for their contributions.
There are countless people to thank for their contribution to bringing this bill to the Governor’s desk.
Chief among them is our volunteer
lobbyist, Penny Tipps of Public Policy Strategies. Penny has been
involved from the beginning and has donated untold hours working for
the dogs. Penny’s experience and knowledge were instrumental in
keeping the puppy mill bill alive until we could get it passed.
The Columbus Dispatch and reporter Jim Siegel has been a friend to our cause by keeping everyone aware of the current state of the bill. We are thankful to the Dispatch for caring about Ohio’s dogs. While Ohio has suffered a black eye for our puppy mill reputation, we have the most amazing rescue groups who give their all to help dogs in need.
I am in debt to Martha Leary of Star Mar Rescue, who is the most knowledgeable high volume dog kennel advocate in Ohio. Martha’s expertise about what goes on in the kennels is unmatched. Tremendous thanks to Karen Minton of HSUS. Karen’s depth of knowledge of animal law and Ohio legislation is unparalleled. Karen has also created bridges in Ohio that likely have never existed between humane advocates and those agencies that may have seemingly been our opponents. Thanks to Karen, this gap is narrowing and all animals will benefit because of her supreme ability to collaborate, educate and be the voice we need in Ohio.
We must thank Carrie Mavrikis, aide to Senator Hughes, Andy Bowsher, former aide to Senator Hughes, Ali Mock, aide to Senator Hite and Mike Sabo, aide to Chairman Hall for their over-the-top attention to detail and persistence with the deluge of information they handled during 2012. There have been so many rescue, shelter, humane society, dog wardens, police officers, prosecutors, citizens, veterinarians, dog breeding professionals and government employees that have assisted along the way.
These people and organizations have
testified or assisted with support.
Sara Tobin , Heather Luedecke-IGCA N OH Rescue, Julie Bertani-Ohio Pet Plates, Lisa Abele-HS of Jackson Co OH, Annelle Mullet, Chris Tanis-A Puurfect Start, Robin Craft-Black and Orange Cat Foundation, Jessica Baker-H S of Jackson Co, Circle Area H S, Cathy L. Rice-Ohio Basset Hound Rescue, Lynna Aronson-STOP, Mag Wright, Peggy Kaplan-Ohio Pet Plates, Becki Kelso-Kind Hands for Paws, Susan L. Montgomery, Meg Long-Pets Without Parents, Mirna Bowman-Columbus Dog Connection, Mona McGinnis-Colony Cats & Dogs Rescue, Dawn Allen-Ohio Fuzzy Pawz Rescue, Susan Dykstra, Jason Kindred, The OVMA, Jeni Rooney-Cavalier Rescue, Rosalie Hoover, Lisa Dudley Pitties Place, Theresa Landon-Ohio SPCA. And to the countless others who contacted their legislators when called upon.
This has been a tremendous team effort that has brought a camaraderie among rescues to a higher level and a newer, better understanding to animal issues and the agencies in Ohio that oversee them. It’s a great day for Ohio’s dogs !
Kellie DiFrischia, Columbus Dog
“I don't know how many
hours...more than I would want to know for sure....I've been in more
meetings, written, rewritten and read the bill
Info about Ohio High Volume Kennels
Ohio Puppy Mills in the News
Editorial 5/2/06 -Columbus Dispatch
Article 4/27/06 -Cincinnati Ch 12 WKRC 4/27/06 -Cincinnati Enquirer
4/27/06 -Columbus Channel 10 4/26/06
Co Puppy Mill April 2010
-Columbus Dispatch Editorial 5/2/06
-Columbus Dispatch Article 4/27/06
-Cincinnati Ch 12 WKRC 4/27/06
-Cincinnati Enquirer 4/27/06
-Columbus Channel 10 4/26/06
Co Puppy Mill April 2010
Rocky was rescued January 2007 from a puppymill. He came with sores and scabs all over his body.
Much of his hair was gone. He had demodectic mange and was flea infested. He was terribly afraid of
everyone and would bite when anyone tried to touch him.
Questions about the Puppy Mill Bill
hundreds of people who care about dogs, dog breeding and
saving dogs from deplorable conditions.
not underlined/strikethrough, are concerned about existing law, not something in
Will the proposal make hobby breeding illegal in Ohio?
facilities where tens or even hundreds of adult dogs are housed
to make a profit.
Cages will need to have adequate space for dogs who live in them 365 days a year. They will have resting boards to give them relief from standing on
Dogs kept out of doors will need to be provided with shade in summer and insulation to keep warm in winter. Necessary veterinary care will need to beprovided. These common sense standards are designed to be reasonable so that even the responsible larger scale kennel owner will easily surpass them
Tuscarawas Co Puppy Mill
This dog was removed from Tuscarawas
Puppy Mill, March 2008.
Question: Does Ohio have a puppy mill problem?
Answer: Yes. Ohio has over 11,000 kennels. The dog breeding business is not regulated in Ohio. The USDA only regulates wholesale breeders.
The USDA has 161 licensed breeders in Ohio (many of which are breeders of animals other than dogs). Ohio is second only to Missouri in number of
puppy mills. National undercover investigators have called Ohio the worst state for the sanitary conditions that dogs live in.
High volume, irresponsible breeders locate in Ohio because there is no regulation that addresses substandard conditions, and the few laws that do exist
must be enforced by a county dog warden who lacks the facilities and funds needed to enforce the existing animal cruelty law. This bill will bring change
by providing an enforcement entity to address and shut down abusive puppy mill operations in Ohio, so that responsible breeders can flourish, and consumers
can be protected.
Answer: No. The AKC and UKC (and all registries) are voluntary clubs that only have the power to suspend their non-compliant members. The purpose
of the AKC and UKC are to improve breeds and bloodlines, and encourage responsible standards in breeding. The AKC and UKC are not regulatory agencies.
They have no power to remove dogs in danger. Many puppy mills in Ohio do not belong to either the AKC or UKC and therefore are not being monitored in
Why wouldn't the local humane agents be the ones to inspect local people
if there is a complaint?
to the kennel authority. Dog wardens have
two primary responsibilities: they enforce animal cruelty laws, and
they operate county dog shelters for stray animals.
where dogs have never seen a veterinarian in their lives, and they cannot walk in a normal fashion because their nails have never been trimmed, and where
their hair is matted by feces. That is reality at some kennels in Ohio. And absence a complaint for animal cruelty, there is no inspection whatsoever.
Presently there is no way to get the dogs out of that situation. Most people don’t have any idea about these horrendous conditions, or that Ohio is at the top
of the list as far as such
equal to two times the amount of the license fee that should have been paid. A complaint can also be filed against the person to obtain a court order to cease operation.
shelter for an adoption fee that the rescue/shelter sets.
Does this bill have anything to do with dog auctions in Ohio?
Do vaccinations have to be given to my dog every year?
process and death. Imperfect puppies in puppy mills are drowned in a bucket of water if the cost is too high to treat health issues, hammers are used to
euthanize the older dogs. High volume breeders are profit-driven and will not pay the price for humane euthanasia.
and was extremely sick. She had to be shaved down which resulted in a body that was skin and
she weighed 11 lbs.! The last picture is after weeks of rehabilitation. She has been adopted and is living with another dog.
on this website. Ohio is 2nd only to Missouri in
number of kennels in the state.
Do you expect us to license every dog?
the license. This proposal does not change the current law. The only change from existing law on this point is that a dog housed in a regulated breeding
kennel does not need to be wearing the tag. This is
a safety provision.
operate. (For Breeders: If you have insurance on your business now, then you would simply pay for a rider to cover the license revocation issue.
The surety bond would need to be provided only if there was no insurance that covered the issue. The cost is estimated at $150-300, should this type of
bond coverage be needed).
"Euthanasia". The way this reads is that if my old dog
dies in the middle of the night, I can be in some sort of trouble.
and are not
properly socialized either with other dogs or with humans. Such breeders
engage in large scale breeding of many different breeds of dogs.
who care for the health, social and behavioral aspects of the
dogs and puppies they breed and sell.
and/or “purebred”. Consumers don’t know
they are buying a dog born and bred in horrendous conditions.
shooting, surrendered to tax supported dog
shelters, or sold at auction.
I spoke directly with the Ohio Amish puppy miller who was auctioning her off at a farm auction.
She had spent her entire 7 years in a wire bottomed cage hanging off the side of a building.
When I set her on the
ground, that was the first time in her entire life she had been on grass.
Conditions at puppy mills are: filthy, urine/feces soaked kennels. This puppy mill, in operation in Morrow County Ohio
for 25 years,
actually had mice and rats running among the dogs while rescuers where
rescue picked up an 11 yr old AKC Sheltie from a high volume breeder.
her or he'd just turn her loose. He lives right on
a busy state road. He said "they don't last long, I've gotten rid of
a lot of them
She was an affectionate sweet dog. She had been born into his puppy mill and lived her entire life in a small wire cage.
At 11 she was done and she was worthless to him.
When he took her out of the
cage he grabbed her by the scruff of her neck and let her dangle
like a piece of meat.