Corey Roscoe, Ohio state director of the The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and Vicki Deisner,Midwest legislative director of the American Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), teamed up to write an editorial in the Cincinnati Enquirer. Here’s an excerpt:
Not only has Petland, the largest puppy-selling pet store chain in the nation, continued to obtain their dogs from puppy mills, they have also worked with members of the Ohio General Assembly to craft a bill that would strip local communities of their right to regulate pet stores at the local level, which would void existing ordinances in Grove City and Toledo and prevent any city in Ohio from regulating pet stores in the future. Local governments would no longer be able to enact humane policies that protect residents from being duped into supporting a cruel industry and protect them from buying a sick or behaviorally challenged puppy. Despite intense public outcry, SB 331 was hastily pushed through the Ohio Senate in May and will be heard soon in the House.