Op-Ed

Editorial: 2012 effort a dog of a law

Published 12/19 by The Columbus Dispatch

For too long, Ohio has ranked among the worst of states in allowing the neglect and mistreatment of dogs by high-volume commercial breeders.

Animal-welfare advocates — mostly volunteers — worked tirelessly for years to educate citizens, illustrate the extent of the cruelty, and pressure state lawmakers to act. Because of their efforts, in late 2012 the General Assembly overwhelmingly passed, and Gov. John Kasich signed, legislation requiring the Ohio Department of Agriculture to license high-volume breeders and set rules for the housing, nutrition and care of these dogs.

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

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.