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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Published 9/11 by The Humane Society of the United States
The Humane Society of the United States, along with a coalition of local and national animal welfare organizations and nearly 2,500 Ohio residents, yesterday filed a ballot initiative petition with the Ohio Attorney General to stop systemic suffering of dogs in puppy mills, defined as inhumane commercial breeding facilities that disregard the health and well-being of dogs. Ohio is the second largest puppy mill state in the nation, trailing only Missouri in the number of federally-licensed commercial dog breeding operations.