“Ohio is an infamous puppy mill state and is home to hundreds of commercial breeding facilities,” the group says on its website. “Ohio’s current law has failed to solve Ohio’s massive puppy mill problem.”
In 2012, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed into law a requirement that dog breeders who sell at least nine litter a year to register with the state and get their kennels inspected by the state. But the anti-puppy mill campaign says those standards are too weak and enforcement is difficult.
Stop Puppy Mills Ohio says there are 260 federally-licensed commercial breeders in Ohio.
The campaign will need to collect 305,591 valid voter signatures by the July deadline to get on the November 2018 ballot.
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