Ohio Update: Breeder Bill Hearing on Tuesday (11/15)
On Tuesday, November 15, the Ohio Senate Agriculture, Environment & Natural Resources Committee will be taking public testimony on Senate Bill 130, a bill that seeks to regulate kennels that produce at least nine litters of puppies and sell sixty or more dogs in a calendar year. It also creates a new Kennel Control Authority Board to regulate the law and conduct inspections.
All responsible dog owners and breeders in Ohio are encouraged to attend the hearing if able, and also contact the members of the committee and express any comments or concerns that you have with this legislation.
This bill is very similar to Senate Bill 95 from 2010, which, in its final form, contained some amendments requested by the AKC. However, some concerns still remain with the bill, including:
Definition of “Kennel” - As amended in this bill, a "kennel" is defined as any establishment that keeps, houses, and maintains adult dogs for the purpose of breeding the dogs for a fee. It is very difficult to determine whether or not someone intends to breed a dog, as owners keep intact dogs for a variety of reasons, including the ability to participate in AKC conformation dog shows and trials. The AKC is requesting that this amendment be stricken and the definition remain as it is in current law, which clarifies that a kennel license is required for those who are “professionally engaged in the business of breeding dogs…”, and not for all intact dog owners or hobby breeders who occasionally breed a litter in their home.
Kennel/Shelter Requirements –Many of the provisions in this bill would require responsible breeders to rebuild their kennels at significant cost, without improving the health of dogs. This includes indoor enclosure requirements for dogs based on their weight. Basing these requirements on a dog’s weight rather than its measured size can potentially result in a situation where a dog is legally kept in an enclosure that is too small. SB 130 also requires that a kennel be kept between 50 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. This is arbitrary and does not account for the needs and tolerances of various ages and breeds of dogs.
How You Can Help:
Attend the hearing and respectfully express any comments or concerns with Senate Bill 130. The hearing details are as follows:
Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Time: 10:45 a.m.
Location: Ohio Statehouse
North Hearing Room
One Capitol Square
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Cash is required for parking
If you would like to speak, it is requested that you provide 25 copies of your remarks to the Committee Secretary before you begin your testimony.
Contact the members of the committee and respectfully express any comments or concerns with Senate Bill 130. The committee’s contact information is as follows:
Senator Jason Wilson, Ranking Minority Member, District 20
Phone: (614) 466-6508
For more information, contact AKC’s Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.