Ohio Introduces Dog Chaining Ban

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Paws Up!

To Ohio Representative John Barnes, Jr. for sponsoring a bill to ban continuous dog chaining in Ohio.

Dogs require daily socialization, exercise, and shelter to live happy lives.

Dogs require daily socialization, exercise, and shelter to live happy lives.



The practice of continually tethering pets outside for extended periods of time is known to be both harmful to animals and the communities they live in. Chained dogs are vulnerable to extreme boredom and frustration as result of isolation and lack of exercise. In addition to the psychological stress caused by long-term chaining, dogs who are chained continuously are vulnerable to extreme weather, attacks by other animals, and infestation by disease-carrying insects. Many dogs who are chained can also become entangled in the chain itself, resulting in injury and even strangulation. Dogs living under these conditions are not provided with opportunities to be good canine citizens and may be more likely to bark, lunge, or snap at passing people or other animals.

In an attempt to rescue dogs and other animals from the fate of life on a chain, Ohio Representative John Barnes, Jr. has introduced H.B. 94, also known as the Animal Protection Initiative. The bill was introduced to the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development on March 4, 2015.  If passed into law, this bill would drastically limit the conditions under which an animal can be legally chained or tethered. Specifically, owners would not be permitted to chain any animal for longer than two consecutive hours. After two consecutive hours, owners would be required to relieve the animal from the tether for a minimum of one hour. Provisions under the law also stipulate conditions under which an animal can be tethered. For instance, the law would prohibit the tethering of an animal for more than six hours in a 24-hour period, between the hours of 10:00pm and 6:00am, in severe weather, or in an unsanitary environment. Violators of the law would be subject to a fine and possible seizure of animals from the property.

Take action. Residents of Ohio, contact your representatives and urge them to pass H.B. 94, also known as the Animal Protection Initiative.

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Protect Big Cats

This is not a pet.

This is not a pet.

S 1381  and HR 1998 , the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act, would end the private ownership of exotic animals. Exotic animals cannot be properly cared for in private homes. Additionally, exotic pets pose a dangerous threat to their owners, neighbors, other pets, and livestock. The events in Zanesville, Ohio,  and past tragedies such as Travis the chimpanzee , who attacked a friend of his owner, and a bear near Cleveland , who killed his owner’s employee, attest to this fact. These animals remain wild despite living with people and need the type of environment and care that can rarely be provided by individual hobbyists. These animals are also likely to pass zoonotic diseases when kept in such close quarters with humans. We deserve to be protected from dangerous and unpredictable exotic animals; and these animals deserve to be protected from the inadequate conditions that wild animals endure as pets.

 

Puppy Mill Protection

PawsUpPaws Up!
To the state of Ohio and Governor John Kasich for enacting legislation to protect dogs in large-scale commercial breeding facilities.

According to a news story, “Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed into law a measure cracking down on high-volume dog breeders or so-called puppy mills.

“Among other measures, the law now requires high-volume dog breeders that sell 60 or more dogs, or breeders that produce at least nine litters in a single calendar year, to become licensed and undergo yearly inspections.”

 

Puppy mills focus on making money, not the health and welfare of the animals they breed.

Puppy mills focus on making money, not the health and welfare of the animals they breed.

Puppy mills can house anywhere from 50 to more than 1,000 dogs who live in cramped, dark, filthy conditions with little or no human contact. To keep costs to a minimum, the dogs receive no veterinary care and often little food and water. The puppies suffer from a variety of diseases due to unsanitary conditions and lack of proper nutrition.

Licensing and inspecting these mills is a first step toward protecting the animals who find themselves unlucky enough to wind up in a mill. Creating standards of care is also important. But most important is that the general public educate itself about puppy mills. In addition, make sure any dog you, your family, and friends obtain comes from a reputable breeder or better yet from a shelter or rescue.

Take Action: Ohio residents, send a note of thanks to your legislators and the governor for their actions to protect dogs in your state. Residents of other states, contact your legislators to find out what they are doing to protect animals in commercial breeding facilities. Let them know you want those animals protected.

The Honorable John Kasich
Governor
Riffe Center, 30th Floor
77 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-6117
Tele. No.: 614-466-3555

PawsUpAdditional paws up to the Minnesota State Senate for considering a bill, S 36, which would require licensing for commercial dog and cat breeders who posses ten or more adult animals and produce more than five litters of puppies or kittens a year. The bill is in the Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. Contact the chair of the committee to express your desire to see this legislation come to the floor for a vote this legislative session.

The Honorable Dan Sparks, Chair
Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development Committee
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Room 328
St. Paul, MN 55155-1606
Tele. No.: 651-296-5307

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Victory for Dogs in Ohio

Paws Up!
To Ohio legislators for passing HB 14 and to Governor John Kasich for signing a bill that repeals the 25-year-old state law that automatically declared pit bulls vicious.

Asia, a pit bull, lived at our shelter, Briggs Animal Adoption Center. She gently taught hundreds of children how to safely meet a new dog during education programs. We are happy to report that Asia has been adopted into a loving home.

According to a news story, “The governor … signed the bill that changes a law defining a vicious dog as one that has seriously hurt or killed a person, killed another dog or is among those commonly known as pit bulls. The new measure removes the reference to pit bulls from the definition and requires evidence to prove pit bulls are actually vicious.” In addition, the bill establishes new laws for treating dogs who are deemed dangerous or vicious because of their behavior and not because of their breed.

Breed bans do not work. They leave a community with a false sense of security. Remember, it is the family dog, regardless of breed, who is responsible for half of all dog bites. Educating all family members in proper canine training and care can reduce dog bites.

Instead of focusing tax dollars on banning one breed of dog, we should be focusing our attention and our dollars on dealing with irresponsible dog owners. Spending money on spay/neuter initiatives, canine owner education programs, registering dogs, and maintaining records of bite and aggressive dog incidences will greatly reduce the number of dog bites regardless of the breed doing the biting.

Take Action: Ohio residents, send a note of thanks to your governor and your legislators. Residents of other states, if you have breed ban legislation in your jurisdiction, contact your elected officials and explain why breed bans do not protect their citizens.

The Honorable John Kasich
Riffe Center, 30th Floor
77 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-6117
Tele. No.: 614-466-3555

Source:
Ohio.com

Wild and Exotic Animal Legislation in Ohio and Pennsylvania

Exotic animals, such as tigers, are not suitable pets.

Following the events in Zanesville, OH, many states are rushing to enact legislation that would ban the ownership of wild and exotic animals who are dangerous to humans. Ohio’s bill, HB 352, allows those who currently own these animals to be “grandfathered” in under the law and it also exempts traveling shows and circuses performing in the state that use exotic animals. The bill is in the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. Ohio residents should contact the committee leadership urging them to rethink the two provisions mentioned here and then to pass this legislation to the full House. Also, Ohio residents should contact their own representatives urging the same action.

The Honorable David Hall, Chair
Tele. No.: 614-466-2994
Fax: 614-719-6997

The Honorable Bob Peterson, Vice Chair
Tele. No.: 614-644-7928
Fax: 614-719-6985

Mailing Address:
House Agriculture and Natural Resources
Committee
77 S. High St
Columbus, OH 43215-6111

Pennsylvania’s bill, HB 1398, would impose a ban on private ownership of exotic wildlife and is currently in the Senate Committee on Game and Fisheries. Pennsylvania residents should contact the committee leadership to express their desire for swift action on this legislation as well as contact their representatives urging passage of HB 1398.

The Honorable Richard L. Alloway II, Chair
Tele. No.: 717-787-4651

The Honorable Charles T. McIlhinney Jr., Vice Chair
Tele. No.: 717-787-7305

Mailing Address:
Senate Committee on Game and Fisheries
187 Main Capitol
Harrisburg, PA 17120

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After the Zanesville Tragedy, Tell Kasich to Do More to Protect Exotic Animals in Ohio

Photo by Ray Yu/flickr.

Last week, 56 privately owned exotic animals were set free from their cages before their owner apparently killed himself. Approximately 49 of those animals were then shot in the tragic aftermath. At the time, Ohio did not regulate ownership of exotic animals. Governor Kasich had shown a disinterest in regulating exotic animals when he allowed the previous governor’s ban to lapse in March. While the previous ban would not have prevented the Zanesville incident, it would have eventually ended private ownership of animals deemed dangerous by the state.

In response to this recent disaster, Kasich has issued an executive order placing some minimal restrictions on the ownership of wild animals. While the order is a step in the right direction, the order does not go far enough. Although the order helps enforce existing laws, more exotic pets will still be allowed to enter Ohio. Exotic pets pose a dangerous threat to their owners, neighbors, other pets, and livestock. The recent events in Zanesville prove this, as do past tragedies such as Travis the chimpanzee, who attacked a friend of his owner’s, and a bear near Cleveland, who killed his owner’s employee. These animals remain wild despite living with people and need the type of environment and care that can rarely be provided by individual hobbyists.

These animals are also likely to pass zoonotic diseases when kept in such close quarters with humans. Simply regulating the ownership of these animals is not enough. For their safety and ours, no more wild animals should be bred or bought for the pet trade.

Write a polite letter to the governor and let him know that you want an all-out ban on the private ownership of wild animals. Alabama, Idaho, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Wisconsin also lack regulation of exotic animal ownership. If you live in one of these states, right your congressperson to ask for a ban.

The Honorable John Kasich
Governor
Riffe Center, 30th Floor
77 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Tele. No.: 614-466-3555
E-mail form

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Retailer Adopts Life-Saving Plan

Paws Up!
To Jack’s Pets for no longer selling puppies.

According to a news story, “Jack’s Pets, which owns and operates 27 stores throughout Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, announced…they [sic] have stopped selling puppies and will instead start working with shelters and rescue organizations to offer in-store pet adoptions.”

Photo by George Hawkins/flickr

As more and more pet store owners recognize the puppies they are selling may come from puppy mills, they are shifting their business model to include working with shelters and rescue organizations to promote the adoption of homeless, abandoned, and abused dogs instead.

In addition, legislation is often the key to reducing the number of puppy mills in a state. For instance, Texas recently passed a comprehensive puppy mill bill. States where puppy mills have the greatest concentration include Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania, although all states have puppy mills operating within their boundaries.

Ohio is prime for passage of a puppy mill bill if residents of the state contact their legislators and urge them to co-sponsor/support SB 130, which would establish standards of care and implement inspections of licensed breeders. The bill is in the Senate Agriculture Committee.

By pet store owners deciding against selling puppies, one avenue will be closed to breeders, thereby, cutting into their business in ways we hope will end the puppy mill trade. By legislators enacting stiff laws to protect dogs in commercial breeding operations, more and more puppy mills will be out of business and more and more dogs will be spared the horrors of life in a puppy mill.

Take action: Thank Jack’s Pets for its forward thinking regarding the sale of puppies. For residents of Ohio and other states where there is little regulation over puppy mills, please contact your legislators and urge them to introduce/support legislation that would establish standards of care in dog breeding facilities and require licensing and routine inspection of all such facilities.

Scott Brenner, President
Jack’s Pets
802 N Orchard Lane
Beavercreek, Ohio 45434
Tele. No.: 937-320-4300
Fax: 937-320-4310
Email: jack@jackspets.com

Source:
www.daytondailynews.com

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