With the election behind us, the legislature is back in session for a final few weeks. One bill I would like to see pass this session will set minimum standards for the puppy mills across Ohio. It is House Bill 606 and Senate Bill 342. Ohio holds the unenviable title as one of the biggest puppy mill producing states in the country, a title we do not want own any longer.
High volume dog breeding is an unregulated, billion dollar business not monitored by state or local government in Ohio. In Holmes, Coschocton, and Tuscarawas Counties, over 1,200 kennels could be responsible for over $50 million in business alone. Many of the mills have as many as 300 dogs, most in outdoor cages not protected from the cold of winter or the searing heat of summer. Puppies are jammed in cages so tightly that they cannot turn around; impressions from the stacked wire cages are imbedded in their flesh, and dog waste drops from the upper cages onto the dogs in the lower cages.
I'll be asking my representative and senator to remove this blemish on the great State of Ohio by passing the puppy mill bill before the end of session. I hope many of our citizens also choose to be loud voices for the puppy mill dogs so they don't have to spend another day in these horrific conditions.