On Tuesday, April 10, the Ohio House State and Local Government Committee will be taking testimony on a bill that will declare the Labrador Retriever the State Dog of Ohio.
State Representative Jeffrey Rezabek, himself a Lab owner, said that he chose the Labrador Retriever because he felt that the breed “reflects the state’s passion for sports and the work ethic that defines its communities.” The Lab is also the most popular breed in the state.
Read AKC’s blog for more information on House Bill 539. AKC supports this bill, which will make Ohio the 11th state to designate a purpose-bred dog as its state dog.
Some animal rights groups, however, are publicly opposing this measure, and AKC encourages Ohio dog owners, or those who participate in events in Ohio, to do the following:
- Attend the April 10 committee hearing and express your support for House Bill 539:
Ohio House State and Local Government Committee
Tuesday, April 10
Ohio Statehouse, Room 17
If you plan to attend, please notify the sponsor Rep. Rezabek’s office at Rep43@ohiohouse.gov.
- Contact the committee and express your support for House Bill 539. Please also send a copy of your letter to Rep. Rezabek’s office at Rep43@ohiohouse.gov so they can submit it as official testimony. This must be submitted by the afternoon of Monday, April 9 to be a part of official written testimony.
The committee contact information is as follows:
Marlene Anielski, Chair
Rep. Stephen Hambley, Vice Chair
Rep. Glenn Holmes, Ranking Member
Rep. Steven Arndt
Rep. Michael Ashford
Rep. John Becker
Rep. Janine Boyd
Rep. Richard Brown
Rep. Rick Carfagna
Rep. Bill Dean
Rep. Brian Hill
Rep. James Hoops
Rep. Michael O’Brien
Rep. Rick Perales
Rep. Scott Ryan
AKC Government Relations will continue to provide updates on this bill. For more information, contact AKC GR at firstname.lastname@example.org.