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Open letter to Ohio House highlights reasons to oppose SB331/HB573

The letter quoted below outlines the reasons Ohio Representatives should not pass Senate Bill 331 and it’s companion bill, House Bill 573.

Why you should oppose the “Petland bill”: An open letter the Ohio House of Representatives

Dear Representatives:

This November you will vote on a bill (SB331/HB573) that was hastily pushed through the Senate without giving it the time needed for proper vetting. During the last week of session in May, hundreds of phones calls and letters from constituents who opposed the bill were ignored and the measure passed the Senate within a couple of weeks. We urge you to listen to the thousands of Ohioans who oppose this harmful legislation, and to vote no on this bill. Here’s why:

If this bill passes, it will make it easier for puppy mills to sell dogs in Ohio. In puppy mills, breeding dogs spend their entire lives in small, wire cages and are denied basic veterinary care, exercise and socialization. Puppy mills depend on pet stores to sell their puppies because pet stores allow the cruelty to remain hidden. This bill secures the puppy mill – pet store supply chain.

If this bill passes, it will waste tax dollars on a weak and unenforceable law that would merely maintain the status quo for the problematic pet store industry. The bill allots $800,000 per year to the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture to attempt to regulate pet stores. Yet, even if adhered to perfectly, the provisions would fail to protect animals or consumers. Compared to other state pet store laws, Ohio’s would be the weakest. Also, the enforcement mechanisms in the bill make it all but impossible to hold any pet store accountable for violating the provisions.

If this bill passes, it will support the primary backer of this bill, Petland, a corporation routinely accused of treating customers poorly and selling dogs raised in puppy mills. Petland relies on a socially unacceptable and outdated business model that relies on selling puppies from puppy mills, consumer deception, and predatory lending schemes. When heartbroken consumers seek reimbursement from Petland for their sick or dead puppy, the company is known to silence them with gag orders before any reimbursement is given. A long list of litigation, reports, and news coverage—all easily accessible online—show the truth about Petland.

If this bill passes, it will strip citizens of their right to address local issues with local elected officials. Local ordinances protect animals by cutting off the puppy mill-pet store supply chain and protect local consumers from being duped into supporting this cruel industry and ending up with sick and behaviorally challenged pets. This bill would void two such ordinances in Toledo and Grove City and prohibit any Ohio municipality from passing one in the future and prevent future ones removing their right to determine what is best for their communities. The national momentum toward local regulation of the puppy mill industry is clear. In 195 localities across the US and Canada city and county officials have responded to concerned citizens by passing ordinances prohibiting the sale of puppy mill dogs in pet stores.

If this bill passes, it will undermine years of progress against puppy mills in Ohio and contradict the values of the overwhelming majority who want animals to be treated humanely. In 2012, the General Assembly passed a popular puppy mill bill to regulate this problematic industry in Ohio. Earlier this year, the Ohio Senate swiftly passed this “Petland bill” to protect the sales outlets of this inhumane and controversial industry and undermine enforcement of the current law. The Ohio House should not follow suit.

Vote no on the dangerous “Petland bill.” It’s the right thing to do.


If your organization is interested in signing this letter, please email Vicki Deisner,

District 3 constituent urges lawmakers to oppose Ohio Senate Bill 331 / House Bill 573

Another Ohioan asks lawmakers to oppose HB573/SB331 in letter to The Columbus Dispatch:


As a constituent in District 3, I urge Senator Bacon to oppose S.B. 331, a bill that fails to protect the animals and people of Ohio from cruel and inhumane puppy mill practices. Puppy mills are dog-breeding operations that exists solely for profit. These facilities overlook the welfare, health, and well-being of dogs. A downright sickening operation, it’s frightening that they still exist.

Click here to read the entire letter.

ASPCA urges Ohio residents to oppose SB331 and HB573

The ASPCA is urging Ohio residents to oppose SB331 and HB 573.  They’ve made it very easy to send a message to your representative by following the link at the bottom of this post:

Update—October 14, 2016:  The House is expected to vote on S.B. 331 or H.B. 573 as soon as the election is over. We urgently need your help to stop this bill from passing the House, so please act now. See action steps below.

Two cities in Ohio, Toledo and Grove City, have already taken a stand against puppy mills by banning pet store sales of puppies sourced from commercial breeders. More than 175 other localities have passed similar laws.

Unfortunately, some Ohio lawmakers, along with Petland (the largest chain of puppy-selling pet stores in the U.S.) are trying to undo the ordinances passed in Toledo and Grove City and prevent other cities from banning the retail sale of puppy mill dogs. They fast-tracked S.B. 331, known as the “Petland Bill,” through the Senate before the Legislature recessed for the summer.

The bill is being misleadingly promoted as a “responsible” pet store regulation. Make no mistake, this legislation will not regulate pet stores and will actually allow puppy mill puppies to be sold in pet stores in Ohio. Its passage would be a giant leap backward in the progress made toward minimizing puppy mill cruelty and keeping greedy commercial breeders from profiting off of unwitting Ohioans.

What You Can Do

There is no time to lose! The Ohio House is expected to vote on this dangerous legislation as soon as the election is over in early November. We can’t defeat it without you. Please help us stop Petland from weakening local Ohio puppy mill regulations by taking these important action steps today:

1.  Place a polite phone call to your state representative urging him or her to oppose S.B. 331/H.B. 573 to make sure Ohio towns can continue to keep puppy mill puppies out of pet stores. If you don’t know your representative’s name and phone number, you can find it here.

2.  Email your representative in Columbus with the same message of opposition by using the form below.

3.  Get involved! Please join us at an in-person community advocacy meeting in mid-October to learn how you can protect puppy mill dogs in your state. Go to this page to find a meeting near you. If you can’t make it to a meeting but would like more information on how you can get involved, please email

Thank you, Ohio!

HSUS urges voters to contact the House Finance Committee

A recent post to the HSUS Ohio Facebook page urges Ohio voters to contact the House finance committee and ask that they oppose these bills.  It’s easy – click here for tips on what to say.

To All Ohioans: It is crucial that you contact the members of the House Finance Committee now and let them know that the ‘Petland’ bills are harmful to animals. If passed, Senate Bill 331 and House Bill 573 will make it easier for puppy mills to sell their dogs in Ohio.


Please contact the members of the House Finance committee that will be hearing testimony on the bills in November. Call anytime M-F between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Politely urge these House members to OPPOSE the Petland bills. It doesn’t matter where you live but if you live in one of the member’s districts, your voice carries even more weight.


Rep. Name | Party | HomeTown | Office Phone


  • Emilia Strong-Sykes | D | Akron | (614) 466-3100
  • Debbie Phillips | D | Albany | (614) 466-2158
  • Rick Perales | D | Beavercreek | (614) 644-6020
  • Jack Cera | D | Bellaire | (614) 466-3735
  • Mike Dovilla | R | Berea | (614) 466-4895
  • Ryan Smith | R | Bidwell | (614-466-1366
  • Denise Driehaus | D | Cincinnati | (614) 466-5786
  • Margaret Ann Ruhl | R| Mount Vernon | (614-466-1431
  • Jim Buchy | R | Greenville | (614) 466-6344
  • Alicia Reece | D | Cincinnati | 614) 466-1308
  • Gary Scherer | R | Circleville | (614) 644-7928
  • Kevin Boyce | D | Columbus | (614) 466-5343
  • Robert Sprague | R | Findlay | (614) 466-3819
  • Cheryl Grossman | R | Grove City | (614) 466-9690
  • John Patterson | D | Jefferson | (614) 466-1405
  • Kathleen Clyde | D | Kent | (614) 466-2004
  • Nickie Antonio | D | Lakewood | (614) 466-5921
  • Ron Maag | R | Lebanon | (614) 644-6023
  • Robert Cupp | R | Lima  | (614) 466-9624
  • Dan Ramos | D | Lorain | (614) 466-5141
  • Andy Thompson | R | Marietta | (614) 644-8728
  • David Hall | R | Millersburg | (614) 466-2994
  • Doug Green | R | Mt. Orab | (614) 644-6034
  • Robert McColley | R | Napolean | (614) 466-3760
  • Scott Ryan | R | Newark | (614) 466-1482
  • Mark Romanchuk | R | Ontario | (614) 466-5802
  • Tony Burkley | R | Payne | (614) 644-5091
  • Bill Reineke | R | Tiffin | (614) 466-1374
  • Jeff McClain | R | Upper Sandusky | (614) 644-6265
  • Marlene Anielski | R | Walton Hills | (614) 644-6041
  • Michael Obrien | D | Warren | (614) 466-5358
  • Mike Duffey | R | Worthington | (614) 644-6030