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Jill Erisman <[log in to unmask]>
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Jill Erisman <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 13 Mar 2008 17:12:13 -0400
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From: Norma Bennett Woolf <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: [ohiopetlaw] Hearing on dog license bill
Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2008 16:22:04 -0400

Good afternoon,

The battle lines have been drawn on HB 446, the bill that would overhaul 
the state animal control law.

Yesterday afternoon, Gary Sinck (an OVDO member) and I met with Rep 
Webster, chief sponsor of the bill. Dr. Webster wants the bill passed 
before he leaves office at the end of this term. However, since he 
didn't confer with actual dog and cat owners when writing the bill, he 
has an uphill battle. We opposed the following provisions in the bill:

1. Reduction in the age for licensing puppies from three months to two 
2. Individual licenses for every dog in the kennel, even puppies over 
the age of two months.
3. No puppy sales without a license.
4. Criminal penalty for rescuing stray dogs without turning them in to 
animal control within 10 days.
5. The provision banning transfer of vicious dogs to new owners except 
transfers to veterinarians or shelters for euthanasia. This provision 
bans the sale of AmStaffs, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and any other 
bully-looking breed or mix regardless of the behavioral history of the 

There's lots more, but these are the biggest problems for those who 
breed or rescue dogs. In addition, cat fanciers, hunters who use dogs, 
and dog wardens oppose parts of the bill.

I gave the OVDO testimony at the hearing today; I hit the same points I 
raised with Dr. Webster and made some general observations about the 
likelihood that this bill will increase public distrust of animal 
control, will be very difficult to enforce, and will not accomplish its 

Dr. Webster said he is rewriting sections of the bill and will introduce 
an omnibus amendment in a few weeks. We'll let people know what's in the 
new bill and when it will be heard in committee so we can pack the 
room(s) again.


~Jill M. Erisman
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