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From: Norma Bennett Woolf <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: [ohiopetlaw] Dog license bill hearing march 12
Date: Thu, 06 Mar 2008 16:38:00 -0500

Good day,

The HOUSE LOCAL AND MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT AND URBAN Revitalization 
Committee will meet Wednesday, March 12,  at 8:30  a.m. in room 018 in 
the Capitol Building in Columbus.

HB 446, the bill that overhauls the state's animal control law, is on 
the hearing agenda. The good provisions:

HB 446 requires training for dog wardens.

The bad provisions: If passed as introduced, this bill will increase 
costs for kennel owners, require puppies to be licensed at two months of 
age (now 3 months), reduce the age for spay/neuter license differentials 
from 9 mos to 6 mos, bans the sale of dogs declared vicious (pit bulls 
are still considered vicious in Ohio), requires anyone who finds a stray 
dog to turn it in to the county shelter within 10 days if the owner is 
not found, allows the finder to adopt the dog if it is not reclaimed if 
the finder pays the adoption fee,
allows authorities to euthanize dogs that don't have a rabies 
vaccination record if these dogs have been declared a nuisance (but 
provides no definition of nuisance), and
gives county auditors the unprecedented power to determine if a kennel 
owner has violated animal welfare law.

The sponsor consulted animal control agencies, veterinarians, and humane 
societies when writing this bill. He left out the kennel owners, small 
hobby breeders, and stray dog rescuers who will  pay the increased 
costs.

This hearing is for both proponents and opponents of the bill.

Ohio Valley Dog Owners will be among the opponents and will present 
testimony for the record. We need people to fill the hearing room, so if 
anyone has a few hours available Wednesday morning, please come. If the 
bill becomes law, those folks who already have kennel licenses will be 
hit with huge price increases because they will be required to 
individually license every dog they own.

Norma

Norma Bennett Woolf, president

Ohio Valley Dog Owners Inc.
6241 N. State Route 48
Lebanon, OH 45036
(513) 932-3176 (Phone & FAX)
http://www.ovdo.org

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~Jill M. Erisman
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