Puppy-mill amendment would specify humane treatment by breeders

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.

A group called Stop Puppy Mills Ohio gathered 2,427 signatures to submit a summary petition for the amendment, titled the Ohio Puppy Mill Prevention Amendment.

The proposed amendment would emphasize humane treatment of animals by breeders, specifying standards for access to food and water, exercise, veterinary care, shelter and breeding practices.

The amendment also would specify that Ohio pet stores would be required to purchase their dogs from breeders, either in or out of state, who meet the standards.

The summary petition was cleared by Attorney General Mike DeWine and the Ohio Ballot Board, and the group will begin gathering nearly 306,000 required signatures from 44 of 88 Ohio counties to put an amendment on the ballot. The Ohio Constitution specifies that the signatures must come from half the counties, and the signatures gathered must be equal to at least 5 percent of the total vote cast for the office of governor in that county at the last gubernatorial election, according to petition guidelines on the Ohio Secretary of State website.

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