(Columbus, OH)--Puppy Mills in Ohio will face new regulations in 2014.
New legislation taking effect in Ohio in 2014, will force puppy mills and breeders, who produce at least nine litters and at least 60 dogs in a year, to get a state license.
Ohio’s new law also sets strict standards for housing and care of puppies and dogs that include, proper shelter from inclement weather, and clean ventilated kennels.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture says there are 300 people state wide who identify themselves as high-volume breeders. Currently the department has about 100 license applications that are being processed. Four inspectors, a supervisor and staff have been hired by the department to oversee the new program.
Background checks and insurance also will be required for breeders, who must also have a working relationship with a veterinarian.