Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles about Ohio Senate Bill 130, a new law governing high-volume dog breeders, and its implications for the State and Knox County.
MOUNT VERNON — Seven years in the making, Ohio Senate Bill 130, also known as the Puppy Mill Bill, becomes law this week. Supporters of the legislation, that regulates large dog-breeding operations, see it as evidence that man is dog’s best friend. Others view it as an inadequate step forward. Still others — from both sides of a bitter conflict between breeders and animal-rights activists — oppose the law. But love or hate it, SB130 brings high-volume breeders under Ohio Department of Agriculture jurisdiction.
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