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Strict Ohio Breeder Bill to be Heard on Wednesday, June 24

(Tuesday, June 23, 2009)

Ohio House Bill 124 will be considered by the Ohio House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday, June 24.

HB 124 seeks to strictly regulate commercial breeders who produce nine litters of puppies or at least forty puppies in any given calendar year, including:

  • Imposing strict engineering standards (including cage sizes, temperature range, etc.) with no regard for various dog breeds or the extensive costs to responsible breeders
  • Limiting breeding ages to dogs between 18 months and 9 years of age with no regard for alternative reproductive techniques. The AKC believes the decision on whether a dog should be bred is one to be made by the dog’s owner in conjunction with a veterinarian.

The AKC strongly opposes cruelty and mistreatment of animals and believes all dogs should be cared for in a humane manner. The AKC is concerned, however, that any bill seeking to protect the health and welfare of dogs does not infringe on the rights of breeders who take their responsibilities seriously.

How You Can Help

  • Attend the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee hearing on Wednesday, June 24, and politely express your concerns with HB 124. The hearing details are as follows:

    House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee
    Wednesday, June 14
    9:30 a.m.
    Room 018
    Ohio Statehouse
    Columbus, Ohio

    *Please note that the committee will be considering a resolution on an unrelated issue prior to hearing HB 124. The Chairman’s office has informed AKC that that consideration of this bill may take several hours, depending on the length of public testimony.

  • If you are unable to attend the hearing, contact the members of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and express your concerns with HB 124 and your support for responsible breeding in Ohio. The Committee’s contact information is as follows:

Representative John Domenick (Chairman)
Phone: (614) 466-3735
Fax: (614) 719-6995
Email: district95@ohr.state.oh.us

Representative Allan Sayre (Vice Chair)
Phone: (614) 466-8035
Fax: (614) 719-6996
Email: district96@ohr.state.oh.us

Representative Jeff Wagner (Ranking Minority Member)
Phone: (614) 466-1374
Fax: (614) 719-6981
Email: district81@ohr.state.oh.us

Representative Richard Adams
Phone: (614) 466-8114
Fax: (614) 719-3979
Email: district79@ohr.state.oh.us

Representative Linda Bolon
Phone: (614) 466-8022
Fax: (614) 719-6971
Email: district01@ohr.state.oh.us

Representative Troy Balderson
Phone: (614) 644-6014
Fax: (614) 719-6994
Email: district94@ohr.state.oh.us

Representative Dan Dodd
Phone: (614) 466-2500
Fax: (614) 719-6991
Email: district91@ohr.state.oh.us

Representative Terry Boose
Phone: (614) 466-9628
Fax: (614) 719-3958
Email: district58@ohr.state.oh.us

Representative Jennifer Garrison
Phone: (614) 644-8728
Fax: (614) 719-6993
Email: district93@ohr.state.oh.us

Representative Timothy Derickson
Phone: (614) 644-5094
Fax: (614) 719-6953
Email: district53@ohr.state.oh.us

Representative Dennis Murray
Phone: (614) 644-6011
Fax: (614) 719-6980
Email: district80@ohr.state.oh.us

Representative Matthew Dolan
Phone: (614) 644-5088
Fax: (614) 719-6998
Email: district98@ohr.state.oh.us

Representative Deborah Newcomb
Phone: (614) 466-1405
Fax: (614) 719-6999
Email: district99@ohr.state.oh.us

Representative Dave Hall
Phone: (614) 466-2994
Fax: (614) 719-6997
Email: district97@ohr.state.oh.us

Representative Mark Okey
Phone: (614) 466-1464
Fax: (614) 719-3961
Email: district61@ohr.state.oh.us

Representative Margaret Ruhl
Phone: (614) 466-1431
Fax: (614) 719-6990
Email: district90@ohr.state.oh.us

Representative Raymond Pryor
Phone: (614) 644-7928
Fax: (614) 719-6985
Email: district85@ohr.state.oh.us

Representative W. Carlton Weddington
Phone: (614) 466-5343
Fax: (614) 719-3581
Email: district27@ohr.state.oh.us

Representative James Zehringer
Phone: (614) 466-6344
Fax: (614) 719-3977
Email: district77@ohr.state.oh.us

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

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