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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