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Commercial Dog Breeding Rules Public Comment Period

REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
Commercial Dog Breeding Rule Package

The rules in this package have been reviewed pursuant to Chapter 119 of the Revised Code and are being proposed as follows. The comment period will remain open through June 2, 2021. Comments may be emailed to ecomments@agri.ohio.gov or mailed to Legal Section, Ohio Department of Agriculture, 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068.

The rules are proposed as follows:

Rule 901:1-5-12 outlines testing standards of Brucella canis and acceptable types of tests as well as the entities which may perform the tests. Further, the rule outlines three types of Brucella canis classification. The rule is being amended to allow for the card test to be used, change requirements for identification and reporting, and LSC required changes.
Rule 901:1-6-01 establishes the definitions and general considerations for this chapter of the Administrative Code. The rule is being amended to add new definitions and amend existing definitions.
Rule 901:1-6-02 establishes housing standards for dogs kept by high volume breeders. The rule is being amended in the primary enclosure paragraphs, add new requirements for the primary enclosure size and flooring paragraphs, and remove no longer necessary paragraphs. 
Rule 901:1-6-03 establishes socialization standards for dogs kept by high volume breeders. The rule is being amended to add daily exercise requirements and add requirements for safely accessing the outdoors.
Rule 901:1-6-04 establishes food and water standards for dogs kept by high volume breeders. The rule is being amended to further clarify requirements for food and water.
Rule 901:1-6-05 establishes health standards for dogs kept by high volume breeders. The rule is being amended further clarify the requirements for the health of adult dogs and puppies kept by high volume breeders. The rule is also amended to remove paragraphs that are no longer necessary. 
Rule 901:1-6-06 establishes transportation standards for dogs kept by high volume breeders. The rule is being proposed as rescinded. 
Rule 901:1-6-07 establishes recordkeeping standards for all dogs regulated under Chapter 956 of the Revised Code. The rule is being amended in the paragraphs pertaining to identification of the dogs and in the paragraphs requiring recordkeeping. The rule is amended to remove paragraphs that are no longer necessary. 
Rule 901:1-6-08 sets forth the licensing application form and procedure for high volume breeders and dog brokers, and the registration requirements for animal rescues for dogs. The rule is being amended to establish licensing requirements as based on the facility type. 
Rule 901:1-6-09 establishes the procedures for inspections conducted under section 956.10 of the Revised Code. The rule is being amended to remove an unnecessary word.
Rule 901:1-6-10 establishes civil penalties for operating as a high volume breeder or dog broker without a license. The rule is being proposed as rescinded and then new due to the high amount of change.  
Rule 901:1-8-01 outlines the definitions used in Chapter 901:1-8. The rule is being amended to provide additional clarification to existing definitions. 
Rule 901:1-8-02 sets forth the licensing procedures for pet stores in the state of Ohio. The rule is being amended to remove the licensing fee which is located in Revised Code and a LSC stylistic change.
Rule 901:1-8-03 outlines the microchip requirements for all dogs displayed, offered for sale, delivered, bartered, auctioned, brokered, given away, transferred, or sold by a pet store. The rule is being amended to include dog brokers in the requirement for identification. 
Rule 901:1-8-04 outlines the recordkeeping requirements of pet stores. The rule is being amended to require the length of time and location of records to be kept by pet stores. 
Rule 901:1-8-05 outlines the recordkeeping requirements of dog brokers. The rule is being amended to require the address of the physical location of the supplier of the dog to be kept by dog brokers.