Ohio Info: Public Hearing On High-Volume Dog Breeder Rules To Be Held 8/29

Ohio Info: Public Hearing On High-Volume Dog Breeder Rules To Be Held 8/29


The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) will hold a public hearing to accept testimony on the proposed new administrative rules that relate to the regulation and licensing of high-volume commercial dog breeders.  The hearing will be held on Thursday, August 29, 2013.  It is important that those parties who may be regulated review the proposed regulations and provide comment to ODA.  

BACKGROUND:  In March, Ohio enacted a new law that defines “high volume commercial dog breeders” as anyone who both produces nine litters of puppies AND sells 60 dogs or puppies in a calendar year. Both criteria must be met to be subject to the licensing and other requirements.

Rescues are also required to be registered with the state if they keep, house, or maintain dogs in Ohio. This includes those who coordinate rescue efforts in the state. Rescues will not be required to comply with the proposed regulations for high-volume breeders, but must still complete and submit a registration form.

MEETING INFORMATION:  The hearing will be held on Thursday, August 29, 2013, at 9AM, in Hearing Room 133 (Seminar “B”) of the Bromfield Administration Building, 8995 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068-3399.  Any person affected by the new rules may appear at the hearing and be heard.  Any person who wishes to present his position, arguments, or contentions in writing, other than at the public hearing, may do so by mailing their written comments to:

Ohio Department of Agriculture
C/o Legal Section
8995 East Main Street
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
FAX: (614) 995-4585

Written comments must be postmarked no later than August 29, 2013.  Fax submissions must be received by 5PM on August 29, 2013. 

RULES TO BE CONSIDERED:  The following rules will be open to comment at the August 29, 2013, hearing: 

901:1-6-01 – Definitions and general considerations
901:1-6-02 – Housing
901:1-6-03 – Socialization
901:1-6-04 – Food and water
901:1-6-05 – Health
901:1-6-06 – Transportation
901:1-6-07 – Record keeping and identification 
901:1-6-08 – Licensing
901:1-6-09 – Inspections
901:1-6-010 – Civil penalties

For more information, contact AKC’s Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720, or email doglaw@akc.org.