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OHIO INFO: Comments on Proposed Regulations due by June 28

(Friday, June 21, 2013)
The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) will continue to accept comments on the proposed regulations impacting high-volume dog breeders through Friday, June 28, 2013. The proposed regulations have been posted online for your review. It is important that those parties who may be regulated review the draft 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.

ODA has encouraged high-volume breeders to contact them, and they will send updated information on licensure and timeframe as soon as it becomes available. ODA may be reached at:

Ohio Department of Agriculture
Division of Animal Health
8995 E. Main St.
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
(614) 728-6220
Email:
animal@agri.ohio.gov

More information on the new law and registration forms can be found by clicking here.

AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) will continue to monitor this issue and provide more information as it becomes available. Contact AKC GR by calling (919) 816-3720, or email doglaw@akc.org.