Current Ohio Legislation
HB 108 (Nitros Law)
Passed House 2/15/2012
HB 108 specifically prohibits an owner, manager, or employee of a kennel of dogs from committing cruel treatment of a companion animal, to give a prosecutor who prosecutes an owner, manager, or employee of a kennel of dogs who commits cruel treatment of a companion animal discretion in prosecuting the owner, manager, or employee for the offense, and to remove certain language regarding the negligent treatment of companion animals. (This bill also makes a violation of certain sections of the ORC punishable by a 5th degree felony.)
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HB 14 was passed by the Ohio House and Senate and signed into law by Governor John Kasich.
Passed House – 6/28/2011 / 2/8/2012 (with Senate amendments)
Passed Senate – 1/31/2012
Signed by Governor into law – 2/21/2012
HB 14 removes pit bulls from the definition of “vicious dog” in state law, to establish a process by which owners, keepers, or harborers of dogs that have been designated as nuisance, dangerous, or vicious may appeal that designation, to define a “nuisance dog,” to change the definitions of a “dangerous dog” and a “vicious dog,” to require the owner of a dangerous dog to obtain a dangerous dog registration certificate, to prohibit certain felons from owning dogs under certain conditions, and to change the penalties involving ownership of nuisance, dangerous, and vicious dogs.
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Featured Success Story:
A4A Executive Director, Stacey Ritz provides much needed love and attention to 14 puppies saved from death row. The puppies were from various litters, but all were destined for the same fate if A4A had not come to their rescue. A4A arranged for a successful pull from the high-kill shelter and arranged three legs of transport drivers to get all of the puppies to safety in volunteer foster homes. In the photo, Stacey visits with the pack of puppies as they stretch their legs (mid-way through transport), many of them touching the grass for the very first time in the lives.