Columbus Dog Connection is in full support of the
Stop Puppy Mills Ballot.
Please sign the petitions when you see these friendly faces asking for your support.
"When this ballot initiative passes it will give Ohio the best puppy mill law in the nation," Corey Roscoe, state director for the Humane Society of the United States, said.
What will it do?
It would require: constant access to potable water and food at least twice daily; clean, unstacked, indoor enclosures with solid flooring and greater space requirements than current law; access to outdoor exercise areas at least twice the size of the indoor enclosure; protections from extreme temperatures and access to temperature-controlled indoor areas; proper veterinary care; socialization with humans and housing with other compatible dogs; and limits on how often and how many times a dog may breed.
We don't think this is too much to ask for dogs that live year after year in small enclosure producing litter after litter.
What is Stop Puppy Mills Ohio ?
State of Ohio rescues, shelters, as well as national organizations asking for better standards of care for dogs in high volume kennels, also known as "puppy mills".
Dog enthusiasts must collect 305,591 signatures from registered voters in 44 of Ohio's 88 counties, to qualify the measure for the 2018 ballot.
Ohio is an infamous puppy mill state and is home to hundreds of commercial breeding facilities. Ohio’s current law has failed to solve Ohio’s massive puppy mill problem. In puppy mills, dogs spend their whole lives in small, filthy wire cages without adequate veterinary care, socialization, or exercise. Breeding dogs are treated as nothing more than puppy-making machines and puppies as nothing more than products.
This ballot measure will alleviate the suffering of tens of thousands of dogs languishing in Ohio puppy mills by vastly improving their standards of care. It requires commercial breeders (those with 8 or more breeding females) to provide dogs with nutritious food and clean water, proper veterinary care, housing, exercise, socialization, protection from extreme temperatures, and more. It also prohibits commercial breeders and other sellers, regardless of where they are located, from selling dogs to Ohio consumers unless they meet these humane standards of care.
With a resounding yes vote in November 2018, Ohio, will take a strong stand against animal cruelty and show the rest of the nation how to effectively tackle the puppy mill problem.
Ohio has a massive puppy mill problem. Breeding dogs spend their entire lives in small, wire cages. They cannot exercise or socialize. They are denied basic veterinary care. No dog should live this way.
Stop Puppy Mills Ohio is a ballot measure campaign to put an end to this cruelty and protect Ohio families from unknowingly supporting puppy mills and ending up with a sick or behaviorally challenged puppy.
This measure will be a huge step forward—ensuring dogs are treated humanely. It requires breeders to provide dogs with basic needs including constant access to clean water, food twice daily, proper veterinary care and exercise areas. It also limits how female dogs can be bred and includes other protections. And, regardless of where they are located, commercial breeders selling dogs to Ohio consumers will be held to these humane standards. But we can't effectively tackle the puppy mill problem without YOU.
We hope you will join us at a kickoff event near you to get involved in this monumental campaign for Ohio's dogs!
The Opposition Says:
Mike Gonidakis, who will lead an effort of breeders and agricultural groups to defeat the measure, said it could make it nearly impossible to purchase a pure breed in Ohio.
Columbus Dog Connection says this is the furthest thing from the truth. This language will make Ohio the best place to purchase a pure breed dog as breeders will have to treat the dogs with care they deserve. The goal of every rescue is to go out of business and refer people to reputable breeders to buy their next family member.