Ohio Makes History with Groundbreaking Anti-Puppy-Mill Law

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According to the Humane Society’s Horrible Hundred report, Ohio is the nation’s second-worst puppy mill state. And that is not a list you’d want to be found on at any place, let alone at the very top. In puppy mills, which Ohio is infamous for, dogs are kept in horrific conditions. From spending their lives in cramped wire cages to never having any socialization or medical care, animals who are exploited by cruel backyard breeders are condemned to a truly nightmarish existence. Thankfully, passionate and brave volunteers and activists are looking to change that forever; and the historic Ohio law is just the first step of what will hopefully be a successful journey to eradicate cruel and irresponsible breeding practices.

BREAKING: Ohio's Governor John Kasich has signed House Bill 506 into law. Ohio will now have some of the strongest puppy mill restrictions in the U.S.!

Posted by The Humane Society of the United States – Puppy Mills Campaign on Friday, June 29, 2018

The landmark anti-puppy-mill legislation that has been signed into the law by Ohio’s Governor John Kasich enforces strict rules for breeders that will ensure humane treatment of their animals. Here are a few of the changes that are being introduced with this bill:

  • breeders will need to provide proper housing (meaning there will be no wire flooring and no cage stacking)
  • annual veterinary exams will be mandatory for each breeding dog
  • all animals will have to have their needs met, including having constant access to water and food, exercise and socialization
  • there will be a limit on breeding to 8 litters per lifetime per female

And the best part is, all of the commercial breeders who want to sell their puppies to Ohioans will have to adhere to these rules, regardless of where they operate from.

As soon as this law starts being officially enforced in three months, Ohio will go from being an infamous puppy mill state to having some of the strongest breeding restrictions in the United States. And if that isn’t a sign that there’s hope yet to make things better for our furry friends in need, I don’t know what is!