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Don't Breed or Buy While Others die!

One only needs to read through the PETS section in any local newspaper. Backyard breeding has become a multi-million dollar industry.

Image -  - These people don't care about the animals they breed, they are simply out to make a buck. It is a lucrative business and a God AWFUL life for these aniamls.

These people don't care about the animals they breed, they are simply out to make a buck. It is a lucrative business and a God AWFUL life for these aniamls.

Many of these dogs live in deplorable conditions, crammed so tightly in their cages that they can't turn around. Dog waste accumulates under their feet from not only their feces but from urine and feces dripping down from cages above. Unimaginable conditions that exist because Ohio's kennel licensing laws don't provide adequate regulations or the enforcement tools required to stop the ongoing, abusive marketing of purebred dogs by backyard breeders.

Fortunately, there's a solution, and it awaits hearing in the Ohio House and Senate. House Bill 606 and Senate Bill 342. These proposals will set minimum standards for all kennels operating in Ohio. Once passed, they’d create an enforcement structure based on reasonable licensing fees as well as provide a fund for dogs in trouble.

Licensing fees for kennels would mirror those already in existence, set up on an affordable, sliding scale for those breeding dogs in mass. Large operations would be required to provide insurance coverage or to post a bond to ensure that any dog bred by them and determined to be living in unacceptable conditions would be provided care for rather than charging this expense to taxpayers. Such coverage would be inexpensive, easily obtainable, and similar to licensing structures already in existence and used by many other professions.

Now is the time to ensure that those breeding dogs are doing so in an educated, humane way. Stop the unnecessary suffering. Urge your legislators to support HB606 and SB 342.

Before purchasing a purebred please visit your local dog pound. Dogs rescued from kill shelters will spend the rest of their life thanking you.

For clarification of these bills, check out the following Plain Dealer Article:

http://www.cleveland.com:80/living/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/living/1161765884260920.xml&coll=2&thispage=1

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