(PUPPY MILLS) Last week, Governor John Kasich signed Senate Bill 130—set to take effect this spring—that will finally crack down on puppy mills in the state of Ohio. Under the new law, large-scale dog breeding establishments will be subject to new state licensing and annual veterinary inspections. Read on to learn more about the progressive step forward for the state formerly known as a “haven for disreputable large-scale dog breeders.” — Global Animal
Sammy, a Bichon, watched as Gov. John Kasich signed a bill into law today that establishes new regulations on the care and treatment of animals housed in large-scale establishments. Sammy and her owner, Barbara McKelvey, came down from Wadsworth, Ohio for the signing of the bill. Photo Credit: Kyle Robertson, The Columbus Dispatch
Sammy, a Bichon, watched as Gov. John Kasich signed a bill into law today that establishes new regulations on the care and treatment of animals housed in large-scale establishments. Sammy and her owner, Barbara McKelvey, came down from Wadsworth, Ohio for the signing of the bill. Photo Credit: Kyle Robertson, The Columbus Dispatch

The Columbus Dispatch, Jim Siegel

With Senate Bill 130 set to take effect this spring, supporters say it signals an end to Ohio’s reputation as a haven for disreputable large-scale dog breeders who come here because the state’s lax oversight of puppy mills.

Gov. John Kasich performed a ceremonial signing of the bill to crack down on puppy mills today and now focus turns to the Ohio Department of Agriculture, which is in charge of new inspections, oversight of large-scale dog breeders and setting the standards at which they operate.

Kellie DiFrischia of Columbus Dog Connection, a key supporter of the bill, said she has faith that Agriculture Director David Daniels is committed to making the law work. Supporters made a number of concessions to get the bill passed, including pulling out many specific standards of care, instead setting those standards at levels set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Advocates say those are too low.

“The bill is a good basis, and in the rules we need to set those standards like the standards that came out of the bill. We want to see temperatures set,” she said.

“We want to see less dogs per kennel. Let’s give them a little elbow room. Get them out of their kennel everyday. These dogs live eight, nine, 10 years in a row without ever touching grass.”

Daniels said his office has started reaching out to county auditors to learn who has applied for kennel licenses. He also hopes to soon start putting together a new advisory board that will work on recommendations for standards of care.

“When the committee comes together, we will start tweaking those USDA standards to meet Ohio and what we believe should be the proper size of cages and all the care issues,” Daniels said. “All those things should be specific to Ohio.”

Under the law, large-volume dog breeders will be subject to new state licensing and annual inspections performed by local veterinarians.

More Dispatch: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/01/10/Kasich-signs-puppy-mill-bill.html

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  1. I want to see these torture chambers called puppy mills SHUT DOWN. No dog should live it life out in a cage being bred to death. For God's Sake! – Our City shelters are bursting at the seams with unwanted, abused and neglected dogs. Los Angeles does not even provide blankets or bedding for those poor unwanted creatures. It's not in the budget. Those scum who make a living off of breeding dogs should be put in prison for the misery they are causing. These so-called USDA standards are a joke! This does not address the basic truth – Puppy Mills are a crime against nature and nothing will make them okay.

  2. It is going to be very expensive to monitor and enforce. I feel certain a huge corps of volunteers can be found and organized to assist. It will be a model for the entire country and it will undergo the deepest of scrutiny. The most important thing is to get it beyond right, get it to 4,000%. All Ohioans can assist in this life-saving, life-changing venture. Hats off to Ohio!