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Ohio House passes puppy mill regulations
Humane Society calls the bill a watered down first step.

Karen Kasler

The Ohio House has joined the Senate in approving a bill to crack down on so-called puppy mills. It would bolster regulations on care and treatment of animals in kennels that produce nine litters of puppies or sell at least 60 dogs a year. Republican state Rep. David Hall of Holmes County says he always tried to keep the bill moving, even though it appeared to be stalled several times.

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“There had to be a lot of stakeholders (building) trust with each other,” Hall says. “And that was something that wasn’t there at the beginning maybe eight years ago, but I can guarantee you that there was a lot of relationships built during that process.” 

The bill also ups the fees on license applications for dog breeders, requires a database for rescue facilities, and instructs local inspectors to look into kennels. Animal activists such as those with the Humane Society of the United States say the bill has been watered down, but that it’s a start for better protection of dogs.

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