August 1, 2014

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Governor Kasich set to sign bill restricting dog breeding

COLUMBUS — An Ohio bill to crack down on high-volume dog breeding operations, dubbed puppy mills, is headed to the governor’s desk.

The Ohio Senate signed off, 32-1, to House changes. A spokesman for Gov. John Kasich says he plans to sign it.

The measure bolsters regulations on the care and treatment of animals housed in large-scale establishments and distinguishes the facilities from traditional dog kennels. Those considered “dog retailers” will have to be licensed.

The bill creates an advisory board to provide guidance on care standards for the facilities. It also allows the director of the state’s agriculture department to contract with local veterinarians to conduct inspections.

Animal rescues would have to register with the state, raising concerns from one nonprofit rescue in Cleveland that the bill would be onerous.