Puppy mills continue to come under scrutiny
Ohio is becoming one of the leading states in the country for puppy mills
where dogs are recklessly bred for mass production with little or no veterinary care or human companionship. According to Karen Minton, director of the Humane Society of the United State’s Ohio office
, “Ohio has become even more attractive to puppy mill breeders, as it is one of a handful of states where a lack of regulations or even basic humane standards of care provides a welcoming climate for puppy mills.”
Designed to address the neglect and cruelty found in puppy mills, Ohio’s Senate Bill 130
would create new licensing and surety bond
requirements and regulate care standards for high volume dog breeders, retailers and rescues. A high volume dog breeder is defined as “an establishment that keeps, houses and maintains adult breeding dogs that produce at least nine litters of puppies in any given calendar year, and in return for a fee or other consideration, sells 60 or more adult dogs or puppies per calendar year.” An adult dog is defined as “a dog that is 12 months of age or older.”
According to this bill, high volume dog breeders would be required to obtain a high volume breeder license from a newly created Kennel Control Authority who would be responsible for inspecting kennels and enforcing regulations relating to feeding, care and living conditions. In addition to the licensing process, the bill would require high volume breeders to submit evidence of insurance or a surety bond, payable to the Kennel Control Authority, to ensure compliance. The value of the surety bond would vary according to the number of dogs kept by a breeder with a $5,000 surety bond required for up to 25 adult dogs, $10,000 for 26-50 adult dogs and $50,000 for more than 50 adult dogs. The surety bond could then be redeemed by the state if a kennel loses their license to operate. The bond’s funds would pay for the care of the dogs that are seized from the breeder’s kennel.