Supporters of the legislation say Ohio has been one of the worst in the nation when it comes to puppy mills.
The Ohio Senate unanimously approved new standards for puppy mills in Ohio.
Sen. Jim Hughes, a Columbus Republican says the legislation has taken seven years to craft, and that it seeks out dangerous and hazardous breeders, while reiterating the importance of responsible operators who conduct business with the animals’ best interest in mind.
The legislation establishes a commercial dog kennel control authority. They will be tasked with enforcing licensing requirements and standards of care for certain dog breeding kennels and inspecting commercial kennels throughout Ohio.
"For too long, Ohio has been considered home to the worst of our nation’s so-called puppy mills," Hughes said. "This bill - which is years in the making and long overdue - aims to protect defenseless animals in our state and ensure that the business of breeding is conducted in a lawful and humane manner."