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Ohio - Bill 446
« on: December 09, 2008, 06:59:26 PM »
by JOHN YATES
American Sporting Dog Alliance
http://www.american sportingdogallia nce.org
asda@csonline. net

COLUMBUS, OH The Ohio State Senate appears to be trying to ram
through legislation that will burden all dog owners in the fading
days of the current legislative session, which expires Dec. 31.
Last week, with no notice given to most dog owners, the Senate State
and Local Government and Veterans Affairs Committee held hearings on
House Bill 446. The 100-page-plus document amends the Ohio Animal
Control Law in several ways that are detrimental to dog owners.
Another hearing is set for today, Tuesday Dec. 9, at 2:30 PM or
after the end of the day's Senate session. It will be held in the
Finance Hearing Room.
The American Sporting Dog Alliance has been cautioning dog owners to
prepare for a sneak attack in the "lame duck" session, between the
General Election in November and the end of the year. "Lame duck"
sessions are notorious for passing politically unpopular legislation
because senators and legislators won't have to face the voters again
for at least two years, and some of them are not accountable to
anyone except their own consciences, as they will not be returning
in January.
HB 446 passed the state House by a large margin in May and was sent
to the Senate, where pressure from dog owners kept it bottled up in
committee before the election, when elected officials were not
inclined to cast controversial votes.
The Senate Committee is not scheduled to vote on the legislation
today, although it is in its power to do so. Amendments to the bill
also are possible today. If the committee approves the legislation,
it will be sent to the full Senate for a vote. If the Senate passes
it before the end of the month, it will return to the House for a
concurrence vote on any changes, and could be sent to the Governor
for signature or veto. If the bill is not passed by Dec. 31, it is
dead and will have to be reintroduced next year.
Here are some of the provisions in HB 446:
Increases the minimum fee for a dog license from $2 to $10.
However, most counties have much higher fees. All puppies must be
licensed at three month of age.
Increases the fee for a kennel license from $10 to $50, plus
requires every dog and puppy to be individually licensed. Many
counties will be charging around $75 for a kennel license, plus $15
for each dog and puppy. Anyone who breeds even a single litter of
puppies for hunting or for sale is defined as a kennel owner.
Kennels must be inspected, and the kennel license can be
revoked if the inspecting agency alleges that the owner has
committed an act of animal cruelty or neglect. This allegation does
not have to be proven, and many animal cruelty police officers
reportedly have close ties to radical animal rights groups, such as
the Humane Society of the United States and People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals.
All dogs over three months of age that are kept in a kennel
or outdoors must wear a license tag at all times. Dogs found without
a license tag may be confiscated, euthanized or adopted through an
animal shelter. The same rules apply to a dog wearing a license tag
if it is lost while hunting or competing in a field trial.
Dog wardens can confiscate and destroy any dog that is
alleged to be running at large, if the person who makes the
accusation files an affidavit in court. No proof is required that
the complaint is factual.
The sale of an unlicensed dog or puppy is prohibited, and
people who move to Ohio are given only one business day to license
their dogs, or face possible fines, confiscation and the destruction
of a beloved pets.
Individual dog owners would be prohibited from giving rabies
vaccinations to dogs that they own. This is currently legal, and
there have been no reports of problems with this law. All rabies
vaccinations would have to be done by a veterinarian for dogs, cats
and ferrets, under this legislation.
Good Samaritans who find a lost dog would be discouraged by
rules that require reporting the dog to animal control within two
days, and either adopting it or turning it over to animal control
would be required within 14 days. The person who finds the dog would
be prohibited from finding a home for it, or turning it over to a
private rescue organization.
The bill would open the door to thefts of dogs by animal
rights activists, and also encourage the takeover of local Humane
Societies by animal rights activists.
And several changes to the laws about dangerous dogs.

Thus far, the testimony at Senate hearings has been strongly in
opposition to many aspects of HB 446. The American Sporting Dog
Alliance has voiced strong opposition to this legislation in both
formal written testimony and in letters to each senator and
legislator.

The state association for veterinarians has testified in support of
the legislation, but testimony has focused only on the rabies issue
and a requirement for animal shelters to scan every animal for
microchips.

Rep. Shawn Webster, the bill's prime sponsor and a veterinarian, has
offered 19 possible amendments to HB 446 to address concerns
expressed in the testimony, but thus far none of these possible
amendments has been formally introduced.

What You Can Do

Please immediately contact every member of the Senate State and
Local Government and Veterans Affairs Committee to voice your strong
opposition to HB 446. Please state clearly that you are opposed to
this legislation, and also mention your reasons.

Here is a link to the Committee's website:
http://www.senate. state.oh. us/committees/ com_state. html. Each
member's name is highlighted, and contact information can be found
by clicking on the senator's name.

Because of the late date, phone and fax are the best methods to
contact the senators. Emails and surface mail also may be effective.

Here is a link to the actual legislation that passed the House in
May and was sent to the Senate:
http://www.legislat ure.state. oh.us/bills. cfm?ID=127_ HB_446.

The American Sporting Dog Alliance represents owners, breeders and
professionals who work with breeds of dogs that are used for
hunting. We welcome people who work with other breeds, too, as
legislative issues affect all of us. We are a grassroots movement
working to protect the rights of dog owners, and to assure that the
traditional relationships between dogs and humans maintains its
rightful place in American society and life.

The American Sporting Dog Alliance also needs your help so that we
can continue to work to protect the rights of dog owners. Your
membership, participation and support are truly essential to the
success of our mission. We are funded solely by the donations of our
members, and maintain strict independence.

Please visit us on the web at
http://www.american sportingdogallia nce.org. Our email is
ASDA@csonline. net.

PLEASE CROSS-POST AND FORWARD THIS REPORT TO YOUR FRIENDS

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Re: Ohio - Bill 446
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2008, 07:21:52 PM »
I am contacting every member of of the committee....can someone help me with what to write?  I don't want it to only be about not wanting to have higher licensing fees....


And I can't get the link to work so I could view the full text of the bill.
« Last Edit: December 09, 2008, 07:27:10 PM by blynn03 »
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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2008, 07:34:01 PM »
Okay, I got the link to work, but I should have know it would be too confusing to discern.

I'm not sure how to bluntly state my opposition without sounding like it is mostly about the money.  Any ideas?
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Re: Ohio - Bill 446
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2008, 10:22:40 AM »
Okay, I got the link to work, but I should have know it would be too confusing to discern.

I'm not sure how to bluntly state my opposition without sounding like it is mostly about the money.  Any ideas?

I took issue with this part of the bill as well

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Good Samaritans who find a lost dog would be discouraged by
rules that require reporting the dog to animal control within two
days, and either adopting it or turning it over to animal control
would be required within 14 days. The person who finds the dog would
be prohibited from finding a home for it, or turning it over to a
private rescue organization.

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Re: Ohio - Bill 446
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2008, 10:39:26 AM »
Dogs found without
a license tag may be confiscated, euthanized or adopted through an
animal shelter. The same rules apply to a dog wearing a license tag
if it is lost while hunting or competing in a field trial.
Dog wardens can confiscate and destroy any dog that is
alleged to be running at large, if the person who makes the
accusation files an affidavit in court. No proof is required that
the complaint is factual.
The sale of an unlicensed dog or puppy is prohibited, and
people who move to Ohio are given only one business day to license
their dogs, or face possible fines, confiscation and the destruction
of a beloved pets.


This would really worry me . :(
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Re: Ohio - Bill 446
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2008, 10:43:14 AM »
1 day after moving to ohio to license a dog is CRAZY.

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Re: Ohio - Bill 446
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2008, 02:22:36 PM »
Good news - this bill is dead!  ;D

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Meanwhile, although legislators voted out more than two dozen bills yesterday, a bill that would have imposed new regulations and increased fees on dog breeders and kennels was, as a top supporter put it, "euthanized" in the Senate after an unusual late push by the National Rifle Association killed off support.
http://www.dispatchpolitics.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2008/12/18/copy/Leg18.ART_ART_12-18-08_A1_FRC955T.html?adsec=politics&sid=101

(Time to send a letter of thanks to the NRA; not something I thought I'd ever be doing... ;) )
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Re: Ohio - Bill 446
« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2008, 02:48:23 PM »
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Re: Ohio - Bill 446
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2008, 11:11:07 AM »
Wow...just saw this.  Awesome!!!   :boing: :partybanana: :boing:
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