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OH Breeder Bill Passes Senate with Significant Amendments

(Thursday, February 02, 2012)

Yesterday, the Ohio Senate passed Senate Bill 130, which would establish licensing and regulations for “high volume breeders”, dog retailers, and rescues.

While some concerns still remain, the AKC appreciates the numerous amendments that have been made to ensure that the health and safety of dogs are protected, as well as the interests and concerns of responsible dog owners and breeders.

The bill now heads to the Ohio House of Representatives, where it awaits committee assignment.

Summary:

Many of the changes requested by the AKC have been incorporated into the bill, including:

  • Removing Problematic Standards of Care – The AKC expressed concerns with numerous provisions in the standards of care contained in the introduced version of Senate Bill 130. This included enclosure requirements based on a dog’s weight rather than measured size, and arbitrary temperature requirements. Standards of care have been removed from the bill, and will be established by a “commercial dog breeding oversight board”. When developing regulations, this board must consider numerous factors including “generally accepted veterinary medical standards.”
  • Ensuring Professional Breeder Representation on the Advisory Board – The AKC was previously concerned that in the changes originally proposed by the Senate Agriculture Committee, high volume breeders had no representation on the advisory board. We felt this was essential, as they are the ones most likely to be impacted by the regulations. We are pleased that the committee and Senate agreed, and that a “member of a professional dog breeding association” in Ohio will now have a seat on this board.

Other changes to Senate Bill 130 include removing all license application fees from the bill and placing regulatory oversight under the Ohio Department of Agriculture, rather than a new governmental authority board.

The AKC remains concerned about the definition of "kennel", which is defined as any establishment that keeps, houses, and maintains adult dogs for the purpose of breeding the dogs for a fee. While those who fall under this definition will not be affected by Senate Bill 130 or its subsequent regulations, the AKC still requests 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…”

AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) will continue to closely monitor this legislation and provide further updates as they become available. For questions or more information, contact AKC GR at (919) 816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org.