(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
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.