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Letter: Sign petition to put puppy mill bill on ballot

The Columbus Dispatch · Oct 18, 2017

Published 10/18 by The Columbus Dispatch

While voters are divided on so many political issues, the treatment of dogs on puppy mills is not one of them. Statistically valid polling reveals that 4 of 5 Ohio voters support policy reforms to guarantee that dogs in commercial breeding kennels are protected from extreme weather, given clean food and water, and provided enough room that they can take more than a few steps before hitting the wall of their cage.

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"Stop Puppy Mills": Ballot measure to stop cruel conditions

WKRC · Oct 11, 2017

Published 10/11 by WKRC

SHARONVILLE, Ohio (WKRC) - When Cathy Madewell adopted her Chihuahua, Newman, she knew he was rescued from an Ohio puppy mill. The poor conditions caused Newman to have health problems.

“When he came, he was kind of already sick with kennel cough. He had no fur. He had lost all of his fur," said Cathy.

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Time to end puppy mills

The Blade · Sep 29, 2017

Published 9/29 by The Blade

Ohio’s lawmakers have made several attempts over the years to address the issue of abhorrent, unregulated puppy mills, but failed to end the abusive and inhumane animal trade they perpetuate.

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Letter: Issue would stop bad breeders

The Columbus Dispatch · Sep 26, 2017

Published 9/26 by The Columbus Dispatch

In response to the Friday Dispatch editorial “This dog won’t hunt,” I find it incomprehensible to imagine anyone not wanting to fight against puppy mills and support the Humane Society of the United States’ efforts in enacting common-sense care standards for dogs.

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Letter: Citizens have right to take puppy mill issue to ballot

The Columbus Dispatch · Sep 26, 2017

Published 9/26 by The Columbus Dispatch

I take issue with the Dispatch (Editorial: This dog won’t hunt 9/22) scolding citizen groups for wanting to take an important issue directly to the people by way of ballot measure. Ohio citizens have a constitutional right to initiate lawmaking through ballot measures.

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Puppy-mill amendment would specify humane treatment by breeders

ThisWeek · Sep 26, 2017

Published 9/26 by ThisWeek

Ohio residents backed by the Humane Society of the United States have proposed an amendment to the Ohio Constitution focused on puppy mills and the treatment of animals in commercial breeding.

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Ohio Board Certifies Ballot Issue Aimed to Block Puppy Mills

U.S. NEWS · Sep 23, 2017

Published 9/23 by U.S. NEWS

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A proposed constitutional amendment aimed at preventing puppy mills has been certified as a single ballot issue by Ohio's Ballot Board.

The proposal would require dog breeders with eight or more unspayed female dogs and annual sales of more than 15 dogs to meet certain standards intended to improve animal care.

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State board clears way for ‘puppy mill’ issue backers to gather signatures

The Columbus Dispatch · Sep 22, 2017

Published 9/22 by The Colombus Dispatch

The Ohio Ballot Board has cleared the way for backers of a proposed “puppy mill” constitutional amendment to gather signatures to put the issue to a statewide vote next year.

The five-member board Friday agreed that the proposed Ohio Puppy Mill Prevention Amendment, aimed at enacting restrictions on large-scale dog breeders, is a single issue. That means supporters of the proposal now can begin the task of gathering 305,591 valid signatures of registered voters from 44 of 88 Ohio counties.

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Puppy mill amendment could bring breeding dogs more protection

Cleveland 19 News · Sep 19, 2017

Published on 9/19 by Cleveland 19 News

More regulations could be coming to Ohio puppy mills after animal rights activists take another step to change the law.

The Ohio Puppy Mill Prevention Amendment is moving forward after Attorney General Mike DeWine certified the petition to amend the state constitution.

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Ohio Voters Could Soon Have an Opportunity to Crack Down on Puppy Mills

Care2 · Sep 13, 2017

Published 9/13 by Care2

Ohio is one of the worst states in the nation for dogs when it comes to puppy mills. But a landmark ballot initiative has been launched that could soon allow voters to change that.

The state has the second highest number of breeders licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), behind Missouri, and problems there abound.

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